At San Diego Comic-Con DC Super Hero Girls was front and center in many ways with lots of new toys on display and making their debut. Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Batgirl are about to get a whole bunch of friends (and toys based on them).
Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet made its debut. It’ll be available from Mattel this fall.
Starfire joins the line and flies on to shelves.
The superheroes get a new size with mini Super Hero Vinyls that features them on their signature items.
Hot Wheels character cars inspired by the characters in DC Super Hero Girls will be rolling out.
Finally, Wonder Woman gets a plush figure!
This is just some of the items that’ll become available over the next months.
It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? Sound off in the comments below!
While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Around the Tubes
A New Domain – Ted Rall: So The Los Angeles Times Is Shaking Me Down … – This is beyond bullshit. Help support Rall and teach the Times a lesson.
Kotaku – Supergirl Added To Lego Dimensions In The Worst Way – Sigh.
Newsarama – Noted Anti-Comic Book & Anti-RPG Doctor Sent to Prison – Hypocrite! Anyone shocked?
Comics Alliance – DC Comedy ‘Powerless’ Loses Showrunner to Creative Differences – When it happens to other shows, no big deal. When DC? Complete meltdown!
Around the Tubes Reviews
Newsarama – Hadrian’s Wall #1
In Supergirl: Rebirth #1, writer Steve Orlando and artists Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy synthesize various versions of Supergirl (Kara-Zor-El) from Pre-Crisis to her return in Superman/Batman and even the CW Supergirl TV show to create a winning combination. Orlando differentiates her from Superman by making her a recent visitor to Earth, and she picks up the civilian identity of Kara Danvers towards the end of this issue. Kara has spent almost 16 years on Krypton, and Orlando doesn’t neglect this heritage by spending some time elaborating on her father Zor-El, who in his attempt to save Argo City ended up banishing one of his own people just because he was suffering from red kryptonite poisoning. Zor-El’s actions form the basis of the conflict of this first issue.
Kara’s alien nature extends to the artwork of Lupacchino, McCarthy, and colorist Michael Atiyeh who go for a serious science fiction vibe in their design choices to go along with the big splash pages of Supergirl in costume flying and punching bad guys. The first few pages are filled with spaceships, labs, and emissions of pink and yellow energy from colorist Atiyeh as Cameron Chase and the DEO are running tests for Supergirl to try to get her powers back and help them defend Earth when they are immediately set up on by a Kryptonian werewolf. Lupaccino and McCarthy’s group fight choreography is a little haphazard with guys and guns running around like the comic book equivalent of shaky cam. They fare better in one and one fights with Atiyeh’s colors punching up the big moments, like when Eliza Danvers throws a red kryptonite grenade at Lor-On changing the panel to that color, or any time Supergirl shows up. The combination of big wide screen panels and smaller inset panels give the battle between Supergirl and Lor-On a nice rhythm as the fighting turns into talking and empathy towards the end.
And empathy seems to the main characteristic of Kara in Supergirl #1, and it is her ability to listen to Lor-On and not her prowess with her fists or heat vision that wins the day. This first begins with Supergirl speaking to him in Kryptonian instead of using that knowledge to her advantage in battle, like her adopted mother Eliza. There is a scuffle, but Kara switches from offensive to defensive moves as she tells Lor-On that getting sent to the Phantom Zone ended up saving his life when Argo City was destroyed. The final blow that changes him from a werewolf back to a Kryptonian is that Kara too is treated like a monster and mistrusted by the humans. And this isn’t just a sentiment as immediately following the battle we find out that Cameron Chase doesn’t trust Kara and only sees her as a powerful weapon to protect the Earth. Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers are little gentler with her as seen in a page where they pick up debris from the battle against Lor-On together without using superpowers. It’s “family” bonding and also an object lesson to teach Kara about humanity’s fragility compared to Kryptonians.
There have been a variety of teen superheroes over the years, but Steve Orlando, Emanuela Lupaccino, Ray McCarthy, and Michael Atiyeh don’t weigh too heavily on high school soap opera cliches and make Kara a reflection of the classic immigrant experience as she even receives the anglicized name of Danvers instead of Zor-El. It will be interesting to see how the Supergirl team explores this increasingly relevant theme while hopefully telling action-packed and heartfelt superhero/sci-fi stories like Supergirl: Rebirth #1.
Story: Steve Orlando Pencils: Emanuela Lupacchino
Inks: Ray McCarthy Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Supergirl: The Complete First Season is out today. Warner Bros. has put together this awesome Season 1 “Supercut” featuring “Team Supergirl” — the key supporting players around Supergirl in the series.
Supergirl is moving to The CW and she’s bringing along some friends. Joining the cast of the show is Tyler Hoechlin who will be playing the Man of Steel when the show returns for its second season. The show has revealed a first look at Hoechlin as Superman which you can catch below.
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artists: Brian Ching, Michael Atiyeh
On sale September 7
“REIGN OF THE CYBORG SUPERMAN” part one! Supergirl is back and working for the DEO to defend National City! As Kara Danvers, average American teenager and high school student, Supergirl must balance her life as a superhero with her new life on Earth. But some demons from her Kryptonian past are coming back to haunt her, and Kara will find herself face-to-face with her father: the sinister Cyborg Superman!
San Diego Comic-Con isn’t until next week but DC Collectibles is already revealing some of the releases we’ll be seeing next year. New figures from Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are in the pipeline and look fantastic. New figures include Zoom, Constantine, Vixen, Martian Manhunter, Supergirl, The Atom, Hawkgirl, and Firestorm. The figures are about 6.75 inches tall and retail for about $28.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Firestorm
Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg and Paul Harding; on sale February 2017.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Hawkgirl
Sculpted by Steve Kiwus; wings open and close, with a wingspan of over 13 inches; on sale February 2017
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Atom
Sculpted by Paul Harding; on sale in 2017
Sculpted by Adam Ross and James Marsano; on sale May 2017
Supergirl: Martian Manhunter
Sculpted by Dave Cortes; on sale May 2017
Sculpted by Majid Esmaeili; on sale May 2017
Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg; on sale May 2017
The Flash: Zoom
Sculpted by Eric Sosa; on sale May 2017
(via TV Insider)
It was new comic book day yesterday with lots of new releases. What stood out to you? What didn’t? Sound off in the comments!
Around the Tubes
CBLDF – Experimental Comics Thrive in Middle East Despite Obstacles – Very interesting article.
CBR – “Supergirl” Finds Its Maggie Sawyer in “The Family’s” Floriana Lima – Pretty cool. Be interesting to see how they write her.
Around the Tubes Reviews
Newsarama – Daredevil #9
Comic Vine – Detective Comics #936
The Beat – The Flash #2
Newsarama – Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1
The Beat – Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1
Comic Attack – Horizon #1
The Beat – New Super-Man #1
Newsarama – Nightwing: Rebirth #1
The Beat – Nightwing: Rebirth #1
Newsarama – Wonder Woman #2
The Beat – Wonder Woman #2
Netflix and The CW Network have announced a new multi-year content licensing relationship that has Netflix remaining the exclusive U.S. subscription service for previous seasons of CW series. This includes all current CW series and future ones. Starting with the 2016-2017 season, Netflix members will be able to stream full seasons for each of these programs beginning eight days after each show’s season finale.
This means you’ll be able to check out Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, iZombie, Riverdale, along with Arrow and The Flash.
The CW is a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Photo credit: Karl Simone
Yup, Wonder Woman is the President in the world of Supergirl! DC Comics, Warner Bros., and The CW announced that Lynda Carter will be coming to Supergirl next season in a recurring role as the President of the United States.
Carter is set to appear in multiple episodes and will first appear in the third episode of the show’s second season.
Best known for her role as the iconic hero Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter is also an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews before sell-out crowds from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. She’s also recently leant her voice to many popular video games, including this year’s Fallout 4.
Supergirl airs at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST) on The CW. The second season premieres on October 10th.