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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!

DC Collectibles Announces PVC Statue Line and More for August 2018

DC Collectibles is kicking off the New Year in a big way by revealing a fresh new slate featuring two unique statue lines. Taking center stage in August 2018 will be a first-ever PVC statue line from DC Collectibles titled DC Core. The line will present striking new interpretations of fan-favorite DC characters and will be offered at an attractive $50.00 price point. DC Collectibles will also release an inventive multi-part statue set that showcases the Teen Titans characters as seen in the famous New Teen Titans #1 cover by legendary artist George Pérez. Additional DC Collectibles items debuting in August 2018 include a Designer Series Batman mini statue by Brian Bolland, a Batman: The Animated Series Harley Quinn expressions pack and a DC Cover Girls: Batgirl statue based on the artwork of superstar artist Joëlle Jones.

Charting into new territory, DC Core is DC Collectibles’ first line of 9″ scale statues produced in PVC. The character designs and attitudes are conjured up by DC Collectibles’ executive creative director Jim Fletcher and his award-winning design team, and will feature dazzling, dynamic poses. Each figure will stand upon a character-specific base that will include the same intricate details as the statue itself.

The Joker is the first DC character to be transformed into a DC Core statue, and the spectacular sculpt by David Pereira features the Clown Prince of Crime holding his prized Joker cane on top of his equally iconic “HAHAHA”-themed base. The Joker statue hits stores August 2018 and will be followed by Batman, Batgirl and Wonder Woman statues later this year.

DC Collectibles will also release the first two characters from the company’s 6″ scale New Teen Titans multi-part statue set. The set stars the entire superhero team featured in George Pérez’s popular New Teen Titans #1 cover—Starfire, Robin, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl and Raven—and the versatile bases allow fans to become their own storytellers. Fans can display one or a few of their favorite characters independently, or for those wanting to own the whole set, the bases fit perfectly together to recreate the iconic Pérez cover image. Each sold separately, Starfire and Robin are the first characters to hit shelves in August. The remaining characters will be released at separate times throughout the year.

See below for the list of DC Collectibles items debuting in August 2018 and beyond!

DC Core PVC Statues

  • Size: 1:8/9″ scale
  • MSRP: $50.00 (Each sold separately)
  • Characters
    • The Joker (On sale August 2018)
    • Batman (On sale September 2018)
    • Batgirl (On sale November 2018)
    • Wonder Woman (On sale November 2018)

The New Teen Titans Multi-Part Statue Set

  • Size: 1:12/6″ scale
  • MSRP: $80.00 (Each sold separately)
  • Based on the artwork by George Pérez
  • Sculpted by Joe Menna
  • Characters
    • Starfire (On sale August 2018)
    • Robin (On sale August 2018)
    • Beast Boy (On sale September 2018)
    • Cyborg (On sale September 2018)
    • Kid Flash (On sale October 2018)
    • Wonder Girl (On sale October 2018)
    • Raven (On sale November 2018)

Batman: The Animated Series: Harley Quinn Expressions Pack

  • Size: 1:12/6″ scale
  • MSRP: $50.00
  • On sale August 2018
  • Accessories include: eight different expressions, two hyenas, multiple pieces of weaponry, roller skates, a fish head costume and a deluxe base

DC Cover Girls: Batgirl by Joëlle Jones Statue

  • Size: 1:8/9″ scale
  • MSRP: $125.00
  • Designed by Joëlle Jones
  • Sculpted by Jack Mathews
  • On sale August 2018

Designer Series: Batman by Brian Bolland Mini Statue

  • Size: 1:10/7″ Scale
  • Based on the artwork from Brian Bolland’s Eisner Award-winning BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
  • Sculpted by David Giraud
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • On sale August 2018

NYCC 2017: Toys“R”Us to Offer Exclusive Retro Starfire DC Vinimate

The DC Vinimates line kicks off this week with Series 1 shipping to stores, including comic-style versions of Batman, Harley Quinn and Hal Jordan. In addition to the comic-style figures, Toys“R”Us stores will carry an exclusive line of Vinimates based on the hit animated series Teen Titans Go!, and will kick things off at New York Comic Con with an exclusive figure!

Teen Titans member Starfire will be the first DC Vinimate available at Toys“R”Us. Based on her retro appearance in the episode “Baby Hands” and inspired by her classic comic book appearance, the big-haired figure stands 4-inches tall and strikes a pose straight from the movie! Packaged in a full-color window box, the figure will be available for purchase at Toys“R”Us booth #110 at New York Comic Con and online from Thursday, October 5 through Sunday, October 8.

Future releases in the Teen Titans Go! line include Blackfire, released along with DC Comics Series 1 this fall, and Nibor, the reverse-Robin, who will release along with DC Comics Series 2 in early 2018.

Official Injustice 2 – Starfire Gameplay Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment ushered in the newest addition to the Injustice 2 character roster: the ultraviolet ray-wielding heroine Starfire, who DC fans will recognize as a prominent member of the Teen Titans. Beginning today, players who have purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Digital Deluxe Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack or Fighter Pack #1 can unleash Starfire’s celestial projectiles, use her flight ability to evade incoming attacks and create deadly weapons out of pure energy.

Developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. The game is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Injustice 2 – Starfire Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment revealed gameplay for the newest addition to the top selling Injustice 2 character roster: Starfire. Motivated to action by the death of Dick Grayson, Starfire shows off deadly energy beams, celestial projectiles and her supernova super in the new gameplay trailer.

Developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. The game is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with Red Hood and Sub-Zero available now.

Exclusive Preview: Starfire #10

Starfire #10

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Art by: Elsa Charretier
Cover by: Amanda Conner
On Sale Date: Mar 9 2016

It’s a girls night out—super-style! Partying in an underground kingdom has never been so weird! And Starfire, Stella and Atlee have an adventure  interrupted when an old enemy makes good on his promise to destroy Atlee.

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Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’re getting closer to a new year! We’re thinking through our best of 2015 list, but what do you all think should be on?

While you think about that, here’s some comic book news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The ComiChron – Miller’s Dark Knight returns to top of comic sales charts in November 2015 – A slight improvement for DC.

M Live – Longtime collector to open Grand Rapids comic book store – Great to see new shops open.

AFP – New Dutch graphic novel reveals life with disabled mum – Sounds very interesting.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Batman News – Batman #47

The Rainbow Hub – Constantine the Hellblazer #7

The Rainbow Hub – Detective Comics #47

The Rainbow Hub – Gotham Academy #13

The Rainbow Hub – New Romancer #1

The Rainbow Hub – Starfire #7

CBR – We Stand on Guard #6

Review: Starfire #3

starfire003The DC You imprint has been a slightly confusing one for DC.  On the one hand it has superheroes doing stuff much like they always did, just in a different context, such as with the depowered Superman.  On the other hand, some characters have been thrown into situations that are not entirely superhero like, for instance, Black Canary going on tour as a singer.  The common theme of the new outlook is that making the heroes more approachable to the readers, to take the same changes that have occurred elsewhere in the medium and to apply them in relevant ways to other heroes.  The initial impression of the Starfire series is that little had changed in terms of the character, still making the sexual aspects of her character more important than others, while also kind of wasting her superheroic efforts on Key West.

As the third issue of this series, it is perhaps now easier to see where it is heading.  While the overall impression of this series could still be at least partially described as whimsical, there are also some elements which make it more akin to a typical superhero book.  Although her main enemy in the first issue was a hurricane, there are slowly some more typical threats wandering into Key West, in this case two somewhat major threats that need to be dealt with.  While the story and the dialogue are still handled in a less serious way, these threats also give the story a bit more weight.

For those that are curious about how the DC You direction has affected Starfire, it might be easier to think of the change out of context.  While the series is ostensibly after the events of the Red and the Outlaws series, the reader gets a better appreciation of this series if they think of it as Starfire first having arrived to Earth overall.  It doesn’t make sense from a continuity standpoint, but then again neither do a lot of things under DC You.  The first couple of issue in this series were a bit harder to take, but after this third issue, it is evident that the changes are meant to be a bit over-the-top, and that they are to the benefit of the series.  At the very least this series looks as though it is taking an approach which will make the character a lot more likable and respectable, even if it is done in a less serious way.

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner Art: Emanuela Lupachino 
Story: 8.0  Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Review: Starfire #2

Starfire002Starfire’s first issue came in the wake of a recent string of young female characters who have been given a new direction, with characterization to match.  These younger heroines have been depicted in a similar setting but in a somewhat different way, highlighting what it means to be both young and female, while also not losing the appeal of the superhero.  Although not necessarily a young hero in comics, Starfire is often portrayed as such.  She has been a member of the Teen Titans for most of her publication history, and as that group is associated with youthful characters, it might have made sense to include Starfire in this same new wave that is attempting to change the focus and presumably the readership of comics.  The first issue proved otherwise as Starfire alternated between serious hero versus behavior that would typify a dumb blonde.

This second issue picks up where the last left off, specifically as Key West is under threat of Hurricane Betty.  Although it is a relatively minor problem as opposed to the intergalactic threats that Starfire has faced, it did give a chance to put a more personal look on the character.  The same continues here as Starfire has to rescue a sequence of different characters from the storm as she rushed them to safety, first from land and then from water.

While the representation of the character has improved here, it is apparently still a work in progress.   Starfire got to save some strange residents of Key West, and so doing provided some comedic relief, but equally it was so non sequitur that it broke up the sequence of the story.  The writing team seems to be fascinated with Key West, and while there is nothing wrong with that, the series equally cannot be simply a string of strange characters from Key West that they can dream up.  Starfire as a character deserves more.  This issue represents a step in the direction towards what she should be, but there is still some distance to go.

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner Art: Emanuela Lupachino 
Story: 7.5  Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

We Talk Starfire With Ema Lupacchino

Ema Lupacchino is slowly taking the comics art scene by storm. She is making her own mark on some classic heroes, and she is back for her second interview with us, after joining us before to discuss Supergirl. This time she talks about her new ongoing gig for Starfire from DC Comics, whose first issue debuted last Wednesday.

ema000Graphic Policy: Starfire is getting her own series for the first time with you as the series regular artist.  What challenges are there for a character that is so common to so many but has never had to hold her own series before

Ema Lupacchino: We’ve got many challenges here – the most important one to me was to make Kori looking beautiful but not oversexualized as she used to be drawn sometimes.  I tried to make her confident and naive. Then we’ve got to build an all new world around her – the city she’s living in, the new characters and the narration that is a bit different from a mainstream superhero book.

GP: What is it like working with Amanda and Jimmy?

EL: They’re both sweet. This my first time working with them and I feel totally comfortable with the structure of the story and the script. Having a good feeling with the writers is a very important thing and they’re so clear and precise that is not so difficult to emphasize with the emotions and atmosphere that they suggest for each character in each scene.

ema005GP: In our previous interview about Supergirl we discussed some of the personal touches that you put on the character’s appearance to make her more feminine. What have you done for Starfire?

EL: Kori’s beautiful and sexy but I tried to push this feeling away from her head.  It’s like she’s so beautiful and attractive but  she actually  doesn’t know that. This way she’s not conditioned by her appeal, she’s just natural and her being natural is sexy itself. It’s not something  induced by impossible or forced poses of her body screaming “Look how sexy I am!”, neither caused by the size of her breasts. It’s the way she acts, smiles or looks at you. People that pass by should be attracted by the scent of her skin. I want this to be my personal touch on her :)

GP: How much did you have to do with the redesign of her costume, and what motivated the new look?

EL: The new costume was entirely designed by Amanda Conner before I started the book, so I just put it on her as it was. I think it’s a smart look for her costume, and more comfortable for her new life.

GP: Have you been to Key West?

EL: I’ve never been to Key West *sigh* ! It’s a WONDERFUL place and I definitively want to see it one day. I love all the tropical places and the exotic atmosphere, so it’s like a party for me drawing Kori living in Key West. You feel like you’re on vacation all the time!

ema002GP: Key West is a pretty common place to live for all the places that Starfire has been to before. Are we going to see some more exotic locations like outer space?

EL: You’re going to see A LOT in general, not only in terms of places :) but yes. You’ll see more beautiful and exotic places (that really exist!).

GP: The series has a more humorous tone than some other series featuring superheroes. How do you capture this in the drawing?

EL: I don’t know. It just comes natural to me. I’m really focused on the attitude and expressions of the characters – I study emotions and gesture a lot on actors and animated movies so I just try to catch the right expression or pose in a specific scene.

I think I know how to handle emotions more than anything else in a comic book but just because it’s spontaneous and I don’t have to think about it so much. Humor is led by a thin movement or expression and if you fail that, the whole scene loses the right tone.

ema003GP: Starfire’s past in the new 52 is complicated as her time with the Teen Titans is not what it once was. Are there any of the former Titans that you would like to see show up here and get a chance to draw? I think for instance that your take on Wonder Girl would be interesting.

EL: Wonder Girl would be interesting, as much as Beast Boy and Raven. They’re both very interesting characters to see in Key West!

GP: How do you decide on the idea for the cover when you draw both the cover and the inner artwork? What works best to capture the idea of what is inside?

EL: Generally the cover shows what a reader will find in the story. So yes, that’s the way we work on the cover. The editor gives me some information about the main plot for a specific issue and we build the cover illustration around what can be the most important scene of the story. Variant covers can escape this rule and sometimes they have nothing to do at all with the story. When you work on the cover you have to give some information about the story without spoiling it too much.

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