Walking on water has never seemed as graceful or glamorous as it does in Joelle Jones‘ entry in the Cover Girls line! Mera is crafted in an elegant, commanding pose atop a flowing splash of water, which, even in the choppiest of seas, could not hope to compete with the waves of her trademark red locks. Designed by the Eisner Award-nominated Jones, this premium polyresin statue stands 11 1/4-inches tall and is limited to 5,000 pieces.
DC Zoom and DC Ink are the two new graphic novel imprints announced by DC Entertainment this weekend. DC Zoom will feature stories for middle school readers while DC Ink will be focused on young adults.
The new imprints will also team up with young adult writers including Laurie Halse Anderson, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Northrop, and Ridley Pearsen.
DC Ink will kick off with two graphic novels, one featuring Harley Quinn being written by Mariko Tamaki and art by Steve Pugh. The other will feature Mera and will be written by Danielle Paige with an artist yet to be announced. DC Zoom will debut with DC Super Hero Girls: Search for Atlantis by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat.
Also announced was Gene Luen Yang‘s book, Superman Smashes the Klan. The title sounds like a throwback to the classic Superman radio show which took on the Klan. Ridley Pearson will write a Super Sons graphic novel featuring Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne. Pearson’s story will tackle climate change and introduce a new character named Candice, who discovers she belongs to an African dynasty.
The announced lineup reflects the female readers of middle grade and Y.A. novels. They’ll be free from complicated continuity.
The focus isn’t superhero stories but character studies. The middle grader focused adventures will be “characters who are figuring out the world around them, including dealing with parents and teachers” while the young adult graphic novels will focus on “questions of personal identity, with budding heroes deciding what paths they will take.”
The softcover Zoom graphic novels will cost $9.99 for 128 pages with the Ink books retailing for $16.99 for 192 pages.
Cryptozoic Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Productshave released DC Pumps. The vinyl figures of miniature high-heeled shoes are inspired by the costumes, props, and personalities of DC’s favorite female Super Heroes and Super-Villains, including Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Batgirl, Hawkgirl, Poison Ivy, Mera, Black Canary, and Supergirl. Each shoe is approximately 2.25 inches tall, finished with high quality paint, and packaged inside a blind-reveal, high-fashion-style shoebox. There are nine distinct vinyl figures in the DC Pumps collection, plus two rare variants and one ultra rare variant.
The Wonder Woman shoe, for example, features a transparent heal influenced directly by the character’s Invisible Plane and a strap designed after her iconic Lasso of Truth. The Catwoman shoe, likewise, takes its inspiration from its namesake, incorporating the character’s goggles, cat imagery, and a pearl necklace into the design.
DC Pumps are available at retailers nationwide now for a suggested retail price of $9.99 each.
In a fantastic turn of events, Sunstone and Switch creator Stjepan Sejic became the main artist on Aquaman beginning with issue 25. He has joined series writer Dan Abnett to tell the story of a king in hiding from his own kingdom as Aquaman hides in the Ninth where Atlanteans, who are immigrants and have mutations hide. The new storyline is part the second act of Lion King and Game of Thrones, part Batman (Especially in its darker approach to the kingdom under the sea.), and is even connected to the real world with the Atlantean usurper Rath building a “wall” called the Crown of Thorns to seal Atlantis off from the surface world. He is basically Donald Trump with a blue tattoo on his face and the ability to breathe underwater and is obsessed with keeping Atlantis racially pure through any means necessary including wasting and using its store of magic improperly.
The political intrigue and class struggles plus magic is great and all, but the real draw of Aquaman #26 is the art and colors of Stjepan Sejic. His character designs are famously sexy and detailed, and Aquaman really pulls off the beard as the lone vigilante of the Ninth instead of the monarch of Atlantis. Sejic’s action scenes are full throttle beginning with a powerful double page spread of Aquaman and a returning classic supporting character, Dolphin kicking the Drift soldiers’ asses with a stream of bubbles acting as a speed line. Your eye is drawn to the big punches that take up most of the page, but as you look down, the magically enhanced Drift (Basically, the ICE of the sea.) have Aquaman and Dolphin in different holds. Then, Sejic brings that Superfriends nostalgia with Aquaman having sonar around his head and calling in some sharks to save the day. He easily synthesizes classic (and unfairly maligned) parts of the character with beautiful, modern storytelling and uses breathtaking colors any time magic is used.
Dan Abnett’s plotting is definitely Game of Thrones influenced as he jumps around from POV character to POV character and builds up to one final showdown in the future between Rath and Aquaman. There will be a few pages of Rath, then cut to Krush, the crime lord of the Ninth, and on the good guy side, Abnett shows what Aquaman, Vulko, and Mera are up to. The cast is definitely manageable for now and is bookended with enough undersea magical action and cool art to make up for the table setting. Abnett also plays with characters’ roles and likeability.
For example, Cetea, who wanted Mera to basically join a magical Atlantean convent in an earlier arc, ends up teaming up with Vulko in a slow burn rebellion. This is because Rath’s wild use of magic goes against her traditional, conservative beliefs about magic. I might be making a jump here, but this is like some Christians (E.g. Pope Francis.) opposing Donald Trump because he’s just plain immoral with his affairs and general greed. Mera is on Aquaman’s cover, and Stjepan Sejic draws her like the aquakinetic goddess she is, but her role in the plot is just a slow burning threat against the new Atlantean status quo. I wish she had more panel time, but the full page spreads of her raging and magic-ing out in blue and red are poster worthy. It’s gonna be fucking awesome once Abnett and Sejic cut her loose on the usurpers.
As the second chapter in an epic arc, Aquaman #26 does its fair share of setup, but it’s far from boring as Dan Abnett transitions Aquaman and supporting cast members, like Mera and the earlier mentioned Cetea into new roles. The villains aren’t as interesting with the exception of Krush, who is a mutant, yet still is loyal to Rath for now. Finally, there’s Stjepan Sejic’s thrilling fantasy art that makes Aquaman stand out from the other house style DC superhero books and transforms Aquaman into the king in exile, the Aragorn of the open sea.
Story: Dan Abnett Art: Stjepan Sejic Story: 6.8 Art: 10 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Eisner Award nominated artist Joëlle Jones has been tapped to take over the popular DC Collectibles Cover Girls statue line. Announced today during the DC Collectibles panel at WonderCon, the fan-favorite artist for Supergirl: Being Super and Lady Killer will give fans and collectors her unique take on iconic DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Jones will first take on mischievous vixen Harley Quinn, with Supergirl, Batgirl, and Mera statues slated to follow in 2018.
Created in 2009, the DC Cover Girls line has been graced by talented artists, most recently with famed designers Adam Hughes and Stanley Lau leaving their mark through creative interpretations of the renowned characters. With an already strong presence at DC through her work on the critically acclaimed comic, Supergirl: Being Super, Jones will lend her unique style and uncanny ability to capture energy and expression, and hail as the first female designer of the Cover Girls line.
Inspired by the powerful women of the DC Universe, Cover Girls has been a long-running line for DC Collectibles, with dynamic depictions of the most famous superheroines and supervillains in the form of premium 9” statues.
Get a first-look at how Joëlle plans to put her spin on the fierce female characters below.
We’ve seen Jason Momoa as Aquaman but now we’re getting our first look at Amber Heard as Mera in the James Wan-directed Aquaman. She is also reported to be in next year’s Justice League, though we don’t know in what role her character will be seen.
The film is currently set to be released July 27, 2018.
Cryptozoic Entertainmentand DC Entertainment will be releasing the first series of the DC Comics Lil’ Bombshells Vinyl Figures this August.
This will be the first series of mini collectible figures based on the popular DC Bombshells franchise, inspired by 1940s pinup art. The Series 1 set includes Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Batwoman, Black Canary, The Flash, Hawkgirl, Katana, Mera, and Poison Ivy! Each collectible is hand-painted and embellishes its retro style with a cute cartoonish twist.
This latest set of collectibles from Cryptozoic Entertainment comes just in time for San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Limited quantities will be available for pre-release purchase at the convention through Cryptozoic Entertainment’s booth #115. The entire first series will be available in August at comic book stores, book stores, Walmart, Calendar Club, as well as online retailers and other various Cryptozoic distributor.
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Aquaman has been by tradition a hard hero to handle. Although he has his fans, the character is one that has been marginalized and even ridiculed because of his appearance, his adventures and even his powers. Of course, those that do so are usually just looking for an easy punchline and not actually invested in his stories, or even fans of comics for that matter. All of this changed with the new 52 as Aquaman was given a new spin, a new respectability that made him far more mainstream than he had ever been. Gone were most of the jokes at his expense, and the diehard Aquaman fans finally got a chance for a few “I told you so” moments as their favorite hero gained the spotlight under Geoff Johns. The problem with Geoff Johns approach is that it was a step above and beyond recognizing the hero as something more than what he was, and separating him from all of the same problems that defined him as a niche hero for so long.
Under the new direction of writer Cullen Bunn it would seem as though the same missteps are being revisited. Gone are the solo adventures of Arthur, and returned seems to be the same old script. Arthur is king of Atlantis but cannot rule it. Mera loves him, but is forced to hate him as well for reasons beyond her control. Arthur is off on his own adventures without the support of any help … and so on. This issue contains much of the same, and for those who are not diehard fans of the character it is easy to see why many would not be interested much in the series anymore. There is a temporary alliance with his enemies, and a decent battle but not much else, save for the twist at the end.
It is the ending which actually gives this some hope. Although this is told in a somewhat confusing manner at times between the “Then” and “Now” it still manages to give a glimpse of what Cullen Bunn might be capable of here. After it should not be expected that he write exactly like Johns, and there are glimpses of him doing right by this series, even if his introduction to it is a lot of what has been seen before. For the moment, it is worth a chance and worth a look, although it could still really go either way.