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The Flash, Nightwing, and Batgirl Join DC Collectible’s Artists Alley

With just a month away from the hotly-anticipated debut of DC Artists Alley, DC Collectibles today announced three new iconic DC Super Heroes – The Flash, Nightwing, and Batgirl – will join the cutting-edge designer vinyl line in December 2018. Each character will be designed by a different 2018 DC Artists Alley designer including Connecticut-based painter and illustrator, Chris Uminga; comic creator and graphic designer, HaiNaNu “Nooligan” Saulque; and San Francisco-based artist, Sho Murase.

DC Artists Alley is an artist-focused designer vinyl line and is inspired by the popular “Artist Alley” convention experience. The new figures announced today include Uminga’s signature “creepy and cute” design of the fastest man alive, The Flash; Nooligan’s “streetwear” makeover of DC’s popular Nightwing character; and Murase’s exaggerated take on Batgirl in a striking palette of red, white and black. DC Collectibles will offer black and white variant editions of The Flash and Nightwing figures, and a vibrant green holiday variant for Murase’s Batgirl design.

Prior to the new figures’ debut in December, the DC Artist Alley line will launch in June with Uminga’s designs of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman; followed by Nooligan’s unique interpretations of The Joker, Batman and Harley Quinn in September; and Murase’s transformations of Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn in November.

All June, September and November waves are available for pre-order now and the newly announced The Flash, Nightwing and Batgirl figures will be available for pre-order beginning May 22, 2018.

For more details, see below!

DC ARTISTS ALLEY: THE FLASH BY CHRIS UMINGA

  • Sculpted by Joe Menna
  • Size: Figures measure 6.4’’ tall
  • MSRP: $40.00 – Each sold separately
  • Individually numbered
  • On Sale December 2018
  • Standard Figure limited to 3,000 pieces
  • Black and White Variant Figure limited to 500 pieces

DC ARTISTS ALLEY: NIGHTWING BY HAINANU “NOOLIGAN” SAULQUE

  • Sculpted by Paul Harding
  • Size: Figures measure 7.15’’ tall
  • MSRP: $40.00 – Each sold separately
  • Individually numbered
  • On Sale December 2018
  • Standard Figure limited to 3,000 pieces
  • Black and White Variant Figure limited to 500 pieces

DC ARTISTS ALLEY: BATGIRL BY SHO MURASE

  • Sculpted by Sam Greenwell
  • Size: Figures measure 7’’ tall
  • MSRP: $40.00 – Each sold separately
  • Individually numbered
  • On Sale December 2018
  • Standard Figure limited to 3,000 pieces
  • Holiday Variant Figure limited to 500 pieces

Review: Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart

Can a black woman be America’s first superhero?

Eli Franklin is a 15-year-old girl living in rural Montana–and she just happens to be the most powerful person on the planet.

In the aftermath of the world learning that only black people have superpowers, Eli makes her debut as the superhero Good Girl, on a mission to help people and quell the fear of empowered blacks.

When a super-terrorist threatens to take away everything Eli has worked toward, will donning a patriotic costume be enough for her to find acceptance?

If you’re unfamiliar with the world of Black, only Black individuals have superpowers and there’s been a conspiracy keeping that information hidden from the public. Launched as a limited series the concept shined as an exploration of racism, power structures, socio-political ramifications of a concept, all wrapped up in a nice what if?

Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart spins off from that original series in a new graphic novel in a world where the truth is now known.

Writer Kwanza Osajyefo is back for this spin-off and explores what the truth means to the world as well as the impact to a government that has been covering up the truth. Osajyefo packs in a lot here focusing on Eli Franklin, an adopted girl who’s a little bit different and whose father works for the government. There’s a mix of conspiracy, Superman, and the original mini-series, and it works for a solid entertaining read.

There’s definitely faults here with some concepts not explored enough and some of the story being a bit choppy in the flow but overall, it’s a new spin on the Superman mythology.

What’s really fascinating is how far Osajyefo is willing to go in this spin-off to expand the world. No longer is this focused on Black individuals with superpowers but there’s also… well, I don’t want to ruin it but it has to do with Eli Franklin’s origin. There’s a lot to unpack there.

There’s also a lot to chew on in this volume. The politics are interesting, especially Eli Franklin, and adopted girl whose father works for the government who is behind this conspiracy. There’s other aspects to that adoption that are interesting and will get you thinking for some time. The politics here aren’t straightforward and like the first volume, a little muddled.

Jennifer Johnson‘s art is fantastic. It’s a departure from the original volume and fits the youthful nature of its protagonist Eli Franklin. That’s part of what I’ve really enjoyed about the series, the art has an energy about it that fits it really well. The character designs and action too are wonderful to look at with a great flow. There’s some slight issues where it’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on but some of that is due to the choppiness of the storytelling.

While you might expect a black and white comic, there’s a whole lot of gray in this new volume which expands this world in some shocking ways. This is the first of numerous releases and has me excited to see what’s next and where it all goes. Fantastic concepts in a world I want to see more of.

Story: Kwanza Osajyefo Art: Jennifer Johnson Cover: Sho Murase
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart

Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart

Written by: Kwanza Osajyefo
Illustrated by: Jennifer Johnson
Cover by: Sho Murase
DCD# SEP171271

Can a black woman be America’s first superhero?

Eli Franklin is a 15-year-old girl living in rural Montana–and she just happens to be the most powerful person on the planet.

In the aftermath of the world learning that only black people have superpowers, Eli makes her debut as the superhero Good Girl, on a mission to help people and quell the fear of empowered blacks.

When a super-terrorist threatens to take away everything Eli has worked toward, will donning a patriotic costume be enough for her to find acceptance?

America’s Sweetheart expands BLACK into a universe of heroes.

Written by Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK) and illustrated by next breakout artist Jennifer Johnson.

With a gorgeous cover by Sho Murase.

Based on characters created by Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 from the world established in BLACK, the breakout comic book series by Osajyefo & Smith, artist Jamal Igle, and cover artist Khary Randolph.

Preview: All-New Hawkeye #1

Nock your arrow and draw back your bow True Believer because Marvel’s Avenging Archer is back for a brand new beginning to the fan-favorite series in All-New Hawkeye #1! A brand new ongoing series debuting this March, blockbuster writer Jeff Lemire and artist Ramon Perez bring you a fresh new look in to the life of Clint Barton as only this high profile, can’t miss creative team could!

With Kate Bishop, his trusted ward and protégé back at his side (note: not titles she would use), Team Hawkeye is thrown in to an all new adventure spanning two generations of avenging archers. Past and present lives collide as Kate and Clint face a threat that will challenge everything they know about how to be a hero, and what it means to be Hawkeye.

Lemire said in an interview with Marvel.com:

To me, Kate is an equal to Clint in terms of who the ‘star’ of the book is. It’s equal billing. It will be as much Kate’s story as it is Clint’s. The threat they’ll be facing is very much something new. And it’s not strictly a big bombastic super-villain-y kind of thing. It’s something that hits them both on a much more personal level.

Fists, arrows and everything in between will fly this March as Hawkeye and Hawkeye take aim in All-New Hawkeye #1!

ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #1 (JAN150761)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art & Cover by RAMON PEREZ
Variant Covers by SKOTTIE YOUNG (JAN150762)
And JEFF LEMIRE (JAN150764)
Women of Marvel Variant Cover by SHO MURASE (JAN150763)
FOC – 02/09/15, On Sale – 03/04/15

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Women of Marvel Variants Come to Your Favorite Marvel Comics This March!

This March, Marvel is celebrating Women’s History Month by gathering some of the best and brightest female artists to tackle some of Marvel’s most iconic characters for a very special variant cover theme. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at a selection of March’s Women of Marvel Variant Covers!

In the release Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said:

2014 was a huge year for Women of Marvel, both in our comics and behind the scenes. Marvel now has more titles starring female leads than ever before, the Women of Marvel panel is one of the most highly attended at conventions, and the weekly Women of Marvel podcast continues to grow.  In 2015, we intend to continue that tradition, and March’s Women of Marvel variant covers — featuring 20 of the best female artists in the industry – is just the beginning.

From the biggest names in the industry today to the superstars of tomorrow, you won’t want to miss a single one of these jaw-dropping variant covers coming to these exciting March titles:

  • All-New Captain America #5 by TBD
  • All-New Hawkeye #1 by SHO MURASE
  • All-New X-Men #39 by FAITH ERIN HICKS
  • Amazing Spider-Man #16 by MING DOYLE
  • Ant-Man #3 by KATIE COOK
  • Avengers #42 by TBD
  • Black Widow #16 by VANESA DEL REY
  • Captain Marvel #13 by AUFA RICHARDSON
  • Deadpool #43 by TBD
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #25 by ERICA HENDERSON
  • Inhuman #13 by JILL THOMPSON
  • Legendary Star-Lord #10 by SANA TAKEDA
  • Ms. Marvel #13 by TBD
  • New Avengers #31 by SARA PICHELLI
  • Rocket Raccoon #9 by JANET LEE
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 by COLLEEN DORAN
  • Superior Iron Man #6 by TBD
  • Thor #6 by TBD
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 by GURIHIRU
  • Uncanny Avengers #3 by AMANDA CONNER
  • Uncanny X-Men #33 by STACEY LEE

Marvel Serves Up 15 Love

Official Press Release

Marvel Serves Up 15 LOVE

This July, get ready to say game, set, match for 15 Love #1 (of 3) – a never before seen, giant-size story from acclaimed writer Andi Watson (Skeleton Key, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and artist Tommy Ohtsuka! Mill Collins is about to learn that life is anything but a piece of cake when the length of your high school career depends on the strength of your serve! But when Mill’s slipping grades threaten to steal away her scholarship from the exclusive Wayde Tennis Academy, she’ll have to look for help from the most unlikely coach to climb her way back up the bracket and into the record books!

“The story Andi’s put together is a terrific one—the story of underdog Mill Collins and her quest to prove that she can make a name for herself doing the one thing she loves most of all—playing tennis,” said Marvel Editor Jordan White. “The characters are real and really draw you in—even if you know nothing about tennis, you know what it’s like to fight for a dream.”

It’s 56 pages of  high-stakes sports action, larger than life ambitions and a coming-of-age comedy starting this July in 15 Love #1 (of 3)!

15 LOVE #1 (of 3)

Written by ANDI WATSON

Penciled by TOMMY OHTSUKA

Cover by SHO MURASE

Rated A …$4.99

ON SALE THIS JUNE!

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