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DesignerCon 2018: James Groman Brings His Twisted Art Style to DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains

Hours before the DesignerCon 2018 show floor opened, superstar designer toy artist James Groman revealed via Instagram his monstrous reimaginings of Batman and his Rogues Gallery for his upcoming DC Artists Alley designer vinyl collaboration with DC Collectibles.

Groman is best known for his outlandish designs as seen in many of his works including the highly popular Madballs toy series. Groman now brings his signature art style to the DC universe and offers his terrifying spin on Batman, Killer Croc, The Joker, and Two-Face as 7”-scale designer vinyl figures. The figures are designed and sculpted by the artist and have been on display at this weekend’s DesignerCon convention in Anaheim, CA, at the DC Collectibles booth #1500.

Groman’s DC Artists Alley designer vinyls will hit stores in October 2019 and are available to preorder now. DesignerCon attendees at this weekend’s convention can take home a custom art print and enamel pin designed by Groman.

The figures are designed and sculpted by Groman and 7″ scale. Retailing for $65 each, they’re limited to 3,000 pieces and out October 2019.

Diamond Select Toys’ Toy Fair Sneak Peek: Pacific Rim, Kingdom Hearts, Marvel and More!

Every year, the International Toy Fair in New York delivers a score of toy-related images onto the Internet, many of them items that are being seen for the first time. Diamond Select Toys will have a slew of new products – and even a few new licenses – at the show this year, which runs from February 17-20, and now they’re giving us a sneak peek! Check out new action figures, statues, banks, busts, dolls, vinyl figures and Minimates from Pacific Rim, The Predator, Kingdom Hearts, Batman: The Animated Series, Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios and more!

Batman Animated Ra’s Al Ghul Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Demon’s Head has arrived! One of Batman’s oldest villains joins his rogues gallery as part of DST’s bust line based on Batman: The Animated Series! Featuring his distinctive appearance from the show, this approximately 6-inch resin bust of Ra’s Al Ghul is ready to pounce on a pedestal base inspired by the architecture of Gotham City. This bust is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #FEB182293, SRP: $59.99)

Also Coming Soon:

Clayface Bust (Item #DEC172270, SRP: $59.99)

Killer Croc Bust (Item #JAN182370, SRP: $59.99)

Batman Classic TV Series Batgirl Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Nananananananana bat-bank! DST’s detailed and affordable line of vinyl banks based on the Batman Classic TV Series continues with a new character — Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl! The purple powerhouse is now a 7-inch vinyl bank, with a coin slot on the back and an access door in the base. With the authentic likeness of actress Yvonne Craig and collectible-quality sculpting and paint applications, this bank comes packaged in a clear polybag. Hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #JAN182371, SRP: $22.99)

DC Vinimates Injustice Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The DC Vinimates line returns to the world of DC Comics-inspired video games with three vinyl figures based on the world of Injustice!  Batman, Black Manta and Harley Quinn each feature their game-specific outfits, with Black Manta wielding twin daggers and Harley Quinn packing a pistol. Each Vinimate stands approximately 4 inches tall and is sculpted in a block-figure style. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #FEB182295, SRP: $9.99)

Black Manta Vinyl Figure (Item #FEB182296, SRP: $9.99)

Harley Quinn Vinyl Figure (Item #FEB182297, SRP: $9.99)

Also Coming Soon:

DC Vinimates Comic Series 3 Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182373, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Comic Series 3 Catwoman Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182374, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Comic Series 3 Batwoman Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182375, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Supergirl TV Show Supergirl Vinyl Figure (Item #DEC172256, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Supergirl TV Show Martian Manhunter Vinyl Figure (Item #DEC172257, SRP: $9.99)

DC Gallery Arrow TV PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! You have failed this city! The Green Arrow brings his brand of justice to the DC Gallery line with this sculpture of Oliver Queen from the CW TV series Arrow! Based on Stephen Amell’s portrayal of the character on the show, this 9-inch PVC diorama shows him drawing an arrow from his quiver atop a Starling City rooftop. This sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!

PVC Diorama   SRP: $45.00

Also Coming Soon:

DC Gallery Flash TV Series PVC Diorama (Item #JAN182372, SRP: $45.00)

DC Gallery Supergirl TV Show PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172255, SRP: $45.00)

DC Gallery Justice League Movie Wonder Woman PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172251, SRP: $45.00)

Femme Fatales Gallery Dawn Executive Goddess PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s business time! The ever-changing Dawn, star of Joseph Michael Linsner’s comic books of the same name, returns to the Femme Fatales PVC statue line with this 9-inch sculpture of her in her Executive Goddess attire! You’ll have your fingers crossed for a hostile takeover once you get this statue onto your conference table! Made of high-quality plastic with collectible-quality paint applications, this statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joseph Michael Linsner, and sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item #FEB182299, SRP: $45.00)

Kingdom Hearts Select Action Figures Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time to return to the Kingdom! The second series of Kingdom Hearts Select Action Figures brings fans new, beloved Disney characters as well as characters created for the Kingdom Hearts series of games! Three sets of figures arrive in Series 2, including Roxas with Donald Duck and Goofy, Pete with Chip and Dale and a Soldier, and Aqua with Goofy in his Birth By Sleep Outfit! Action figures range from 2 to 7 inches tall and feature multiple points of articulation. Each set comes packaged in the display-ready Select action figure packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Oluf W. Hartvigsen! (Item #SEP178688, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Kingdom Hearts Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 2

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The toy story continues! The Vinimates line dives deeper into the world of Kingdom HEarts with three new 4-inch vinyl figures based on the hit video game series. Organization 13 Mickey Mouse, in his black coat, is joined by his old rival Pete, as well as Tron in his Tron-style outfit from Space Paranoids! Each figure is sculpted in the block-figure style, striking a pose inspired by the game. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Org. 13 Mickey Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182365, SRP: $9.99)

Pete Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182366, SRP: $9.99)

Space Paranoids Sora Vinyl Figure (Item #JAN182367, SRP: $9.99)

Marvel Gallery Savage Land Rogue PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! She’ll steal your powers, and your heart! This 9-inch sculpture of the X-Men’s Rogue is based on her famous Savage Land storyline, in which the power-absorbing mutant found herself stranded with Magneto in the Antarctic paradise. Based on Jim Lee’s artwork, this 9-inch PVC diorama shows Rogue in her distinctive outfit from the story, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #FEB182308, SRP: $45.00)

Also Coming Soon:

Marvel Gallery Black Panther Movie PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172278, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Black Panther Movie Killmonger PVC Diorama (Item #JAN182376, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Black Widow Comic PVC Diorama (Item #DEC172277, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Netflix Punisher Version 2 PVC Diorama (Item #JAN182377, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Elektra Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! She’ll pierce your heart, and we don’t mean figuratively! This breathtaking sculpture of Marvel’s premier assassin is posed atop a marbled pedestal, holding her signature twin sais. Measuring approximately 16 inches tall, this 12-inch scale statue features detailed hand sculpting by Clayburn Moore, as well as high-quality paint applications. Statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited to only 3,000 pieces! (Item #FEB182309, SRP: $150.00)

Also Coming Soon:

Marvel Premier Collection Cable Resin Statue (Item #DEC172279, SRP: $150.00)

Nightmare Before Christmas Deluxe Collection Cloth Dolls

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Nightmare Before Christmas Deluxe Collection is back, and it’s more deluxe than ever before! Two new releases take the line into new territory, with Snowman Jack — who includes a removable snowman costume, with hat and umbrella – and Lock, Shock and Barrel, the line’s first three-pack, with removable hat and masks! Each cloth-costumed figure looks like it stepped off the movie screen, with multiple points of articulation. Lock, Shock and Barrel measure approximately 5 inches tall, and Jack measures 16 inches tall with doll stand.

Snowman Jack Doll (Item #FEB182304, SRP: $79.99)

Lock Shock Barrel Dolls (Item #FEB182305, SRP: $74.99)

Nightmare Before Christmas Resin Busts

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Turn your shelf into a nightmare! The cast of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas continues to populate DST’s line of resin busts. Featuring the movie’s most popular characters atop diorama bases, the line continues with villain Oogie Boogie and Jack Skellington’s dog, Zero. Oogie measures approximately 7 inches tall atop a pedestal inspired by his lair, while Zero stands approximately 4 inches tall atop a pile of books and a jack o’lantern. Each bust is limited to 3,000 pieces and includes a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Joe Menna!

Oogie Boogie Bust (Item #FEB182306, SRP: $59.99)

Zero Bust (Item #FEB182307, SRP: $59.99)

Pacific Rim Uprising Select Action Figures Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Cancel the apocalypse! Three new Jaegers are joining the fight against the kaiju menace, and each giant robot is cooler than the last! The mysterious Obsidian Fury with his twin blades, Guardian Bravo with his mace, and Titan Redeemer with his whip each measure between 7 and 8 inches tall, and each features approximately 16 points of articulation, plus interchangeable parts that are exclusively available to the specialty market! Packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JAN182369, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

The Predator Movie Minimates Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Predator is back, and it’s all brand-new! Shane Black’s new take on the Predator franchise is joining the Predator Minimates line, and this box set includes four figures from the upcoming film that are exclusive to comic shops and specialty stores! Each Minimates mini-figures stands approximately 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and feature fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in a full-color blister card. (Item #FEB182298, SRP: $24.99)

Review: Suicide Squad #25

The hella talented Rob Williams serves up another great issue of Suicide Squad as he wraps up the “Kill Your Darlings” story arc. There’s so much going on in this issue and none of it is irrelevant or unnecessary. Williams writes an amazing Harley Quinn, everyone’s favorite antiheroine, in fighting form. We see her go toe to toe with Waller, lead the squad like a boss, and serve up justice in a way that only Quinn can. The bad guys save the heroes and fight for metahuman, hero and villain, freedom in an explosive issue filled with ethical dilemmas, gray areas and a killer story line.

Giuseppe Cafaro fills the pages with a crisp and modern style that breathes visual life into an already amazing story. Each panel adds to the story and is so filled with information that they become a character on their own. From cover to cover this issue is a masterpiece that sucks you into the story and makes you feel like you’re in a movie instead of just flipping through pages.

This issue takes you through the end game of an amazing arc. It’s filled with passion, fighting, moral dilemmas and tension. With Williams words and Cafaro’s art this issue is a page turner that’s a fitting end to an amazing story arc. Williams also manages to make his epilogue a nice momentum builder for the next issue in the series as he has created a world where heroes and villains can work together to secure freedom for all. I really love Williams portrayal of his female characters, he makes them multidimensional and complex in a way that’s seldom seen in male writing of female characters. I also love that every act of violence seems logical and needed to move the story along. Overall, I found this issue a beautiful work of art that kept things interesting and engaged me at every turn. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

Story: Rob Williams Art: Giuseppe Cafaro
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Suicide Squad #1

SuicideSquad1CoverSuicide Squad #1 is really the tale of two (half) comics written by Rob Williams . The first is a highly decompressed, threadbare plotted Suicide Squad story that is basically the first few minutes of the Suicide Squad movie without the flashy music and intros. Amanda Waller assembles the team, gives them a mission to retrieve a MacGuffin, and then they get dropped out of space. And that’s the entire plot, and superstar penciler Jim Lee and inker Scott Williams are relegated to drawing Harley Quinn playing a copyright friendly version of Pokemon Go, and Killer Croc puking in his space helmet. It’s really a boring read: a gorgeous double page Lee splash of Amanda Waller’s helicopter swooping into Belle Reve notwithstanding.

But what takes this comic from the “pass” to “read” zone is a stellar ten page backup story starring Deadshot and drawn and colored by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson respectively. Fabok has an art style that is similar to Jim Lee’s recent DC work, but he brings more power and motion to the table, which is perfect for a quick fire action story that features Deadshot teaming up with Batman of all people to rescue his daughter Zoe from Kobra. This story defines the essence of Deadshot as a character while still having a thrilling plot as he wants to be a hero, but isn’t afraid to kill to protect his daughter or get a paycheck. His nihilist approach to living is told through Waller’s exposition, but Fabok’s art captures his love for Zoe as he immediately switches to live fire when he sees her in danger and immediately turns himself into Batman.

However, the vigor and emotion of the Deadshot doesn’t translate to the lead Suicide Squad story, which doesn’t even feel like a trailer, but a teaser for a trailer. It makes sense to have the lead stories more focused on action and fighting with the backups delving into the character’s personalities, but this lead story doesn’t even have action. It’s 11 pages of Amanda Waller narrating about how she doesn’t care of while the Suicide Squad members say a couple lines of dialogue having to do with the most cliched aspects of their personality. The story gives us no reason why we should care for these people except that they appeared in a movie earlier this month, and it has the vibe of a media tie-in instead of being its own entity. (Except Deadshot is white.) Alex Sinclair does do a decent job on the coloring front using a burnt orange palette when the Suicide Squad plunges to Earth that makes it feel like they might actually catch on fire upon re-entry.  Lee and Williams are stuck doing talking heads, but make Waller look sufficiently menacing as her presence is the only interesting part of this entirely run of the mill comic.

Suicide Squad #1 has one solid Deadshot and one utterly unstimulating Suicide Squad story, and it’s worth passing on unless you’re a huge Deadshot and want to see Jason Fabok draw him teaming up with Batman.

Story: Rob Williams Pencils: Jim Lee Inks: Scott Williams Colors: Alex Sinclair Backup Art: Jason Fabok Backup Colors: Brad Anderson
Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

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Review: Gotham Academy #6

gothamacademy6-covSo far into its run Gotham Academy has been one of the biggest surprises coming out of DC Comics in years.  It features a group of characters that are ostensibly connected to the DC universe, but who are also mostly on their own.  In the first issues, Batman (or Bruce Wayne) has shown up from time to time, but the story has focused mostly on the Academy itself with Olive as its main feature.  She has been portrayed as a complex character, one that is striving to do well at school while also dealing with a recent tragedy.  The introduction of Killer Croc brought the series back into the DC Universe, albeit only a little, though the events of the previous issue produce more connections, directly through the inclusion of Batman.

This issue deals with the fallout of those events, included a short battle between Batman and Croc, but the focus lies where it should, on Olive.  While she deals with the after effects of the revelations about her mother by Croc, she realizes that she is part of a bigger story, one which ties the Academy into a deeper story.  This was a nice moment for the series, which gave Gotham Academy a bit of a Morning Glories vibe, although it was also short lived.  In what will be a common occurrence for all of DC Comics leading into Convergence, this issue also felt a little bit like one which is the final issue of the a series.  This gave it a bit of a somber attitude as it tried to wrap up some plot details with a degree of finality, even if the series is still scheduled to return in June.

The series still stands out as one to watch at DC, only it must be noted that once again a big DC wide crossover is thrown into the mix and will have an impact on this series.  It would seem as though the series is teetering on some kind of a breaking point as the epilogue throws a bit more Batman into the Academy, which might work for the series and it might not.  Nonetheless this issue works where it needs to, and while it might not be as strong as others in the series, its quality is still above what to expect from other series.

Story: Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher Art: Karl Kerschl
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Pop! Heroes: Arkham Asylum in October

From Arkham Asylum, the award-winning action-adventure video game, Funko is releasing a diabolical new Pop! series! Arkham Asylum is home to Gotham’s most vengeful criminals! The new set of figures includes Batman, the Joker, Nurse Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Killer Croc.

Batman and the villains of Arkham Asylum are coming this October!

Review: Batwoman #21

Batwoman 21J.H. Williams III’s and W. Haden Blackman’s Batwoman is probably one of the strangest books on the market—complex, grim, filled with unique art, and though it’s technically part of DC’s New 52 Bat-Family, it seems to exist in a niche entirely its own. It’s an enigma really, but one that always surprises me. In fact, I always forget it’s on my pull-list; I walk in day of its release, my local comic-bookshop owner Roman hands me my stack, and there’s another white-black-and-red Batwoman cover! And this month’s issue was a sweet surprise.

Batwoman #21 is all about Killer Croc—though I think he prefers Waylon—and takes places after the Medusa incident. Williams III and Blackman show their literary dexterity with this issue, entitled “Interlude III,” penning great internal monologue for Killer Croc and showing us the inside of the were-cult he belongs to. At least until exeunt. I do love when authors write in the voice of the character, and Croc’s monologue is filled with all the spelling errors and ingrammaticalities a poor sewer croc like him is bound to have.

Moreover, the story features Croc as a shrewd leader, usurping his place and making decision for the betterment of himself (duh) and his new love, Claire (who seems to be with were-child). Oh yeah, and there’s a battle with Batwoman and Maggie, but it’s sort of sideline to Croc’s revelatory destiny.

If Williams III and Blackman deliver great writing and an engaging story, it’s made three to fifteen times better accompanied with Francesco Francavilla’s artistry. While Batwoman has seen the hands of talented artists before, Francavilla really does her best, and though he won’t be continuing in future issues, boy do I wish this were his regular gig…

Open up Batwoman #21 without context, and you’ll think you just bought yourself some sketchbook for a lizard demonomicon. It’s all the noir and fantastica this book needed, and Francavilla juxtaposes the more sketched-style lines of Killer Croc and the weres with the solid beauty he brings to Maggie and Kate.

Williams III and Blackman present the tragic story of yet another villain who may not be all-bad, but might have something below the layer of green, sketchbook Francavilla art that just hasn’t been apparent in past stories (he’s too busy getting the crap beat out of him by the Bat-Family). Batwoman #21 shines a sensitive spotlight on a villain much in need of depth, and deserving of such horror-comic-esque art. This is the rightful home for Croc.

Story: J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman  Art: Francesco Francavilla
Story: 8  Art: 8.5  Overall: 8.5  Recommendation: Buy