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Review: Man of Steel #3

While the previous issue focused on Clark Kent’s relationship to his co-workers at the Daily Planet, Brian Michael Bendis makes Man of Steel # about Kal-El’s connection to his Kryptonian heritage beginning with a tragic, nearly silent opening sequence drawn by Ryan Sook and Alex Sinclair of Rogol-Zaar wrecking the Fortress of Solitude, including the Bottle City of Kandor making its first substantial appearance in the DC Rebirth era. There’s also a Batman cameo that goes nowhere (Except for inspiring Superman to think more like a detective.), and the shadowy Jay Fabok drawn figure slowly emerges from the shadows in the Clark and Jon flashback. So, like most of this miniseries so far, it’s a visually stunning mixed bag as Bendis and Sook finally catch up to the story in Action Comics #1000 timeline-wise.

Man of Steel has been a mini filled with great artists like Ivan Reis, Jay Fabok, Evan Shaner, and Steve Rude, but Ryan Sook proves that he has the best storytelling chops of the bunch. He is equally adept at big, bombastic moments like Rogol-Zaar crashing into Earth’s orbit and the smaller, human ones like Superman politely waving to Melody while he and Batman investigate another arson in Metropolis, or Supergirl comforting her cousin while he mourns the lost Kryptonians of Kandor. The pages where Superman and Supergirl are in the Fortress is a master class in emotional progression that starts by the cousins walking around their Arctic shelter and surveying the damage before bursting into pure anguish when they see the destroyed Bottle and then flight. Then, in another double page spread, Superman uses his flight, super hearing, and X-Ray vision to check on his apartment, co-workers, and then focus on the thread at hand. Hey, Batman isn’t the only one with “detective vision”. And Sook’s few pages of action really pack a wallop with yellows and reds from Sinclair showing that Rogol Zaar packs a real physical threat to Superman.

Brian Michael Bendis’ use of Supergirl and Batman in Man of Steel #3 is a very quick study is how and how not to use guest stars in a comic book. First of all, their appearances both make logical sense. Batman is helping Superman investigate a mystery that is bothering, namely, how are all these fires happening under his practically omniscient and omnipresent nose? Because she is Kryptonian, Supergirl can hear the unique frequency of the Fortress of Solitude’s alarm and quickly sees if the place that is the last sanctuary and repository of her home culture is under attack. However, with Batman, it seems like Bendis is just checking off writing DC’s other big hero instead of using him in a meaningful way. Of course, his first line of dialogue is “I’m Batman” to slightly freaked out/fangirling Melody Moore, and then he spouts off something about patterns and something respectful about Superman because that’s the kind of relationship Bendis lets them have, which is cool. But Batman doesn’t add a set of fresh eyes to any of Man of Steel’s mysteries, including the arson, and definitely not the missing Lois and Jon one. In fact, Superman comes off as the better detective as he quickly finds and engages Rogol-Zaar after cutting a swath of destruction through the Fortress.

On the other hand, Supergirl’s guest turn adds more layers of emotional poignancy to the destruction of the Bottle City of Kandor, a place that Kara may have even remembered visiting, because she came to Earth much older than Kal-El. Her appearance in Action Comics #1000 isn’t just a random cameo, but as a friend, family member, and Kryptonian fighting against an enemy that wants to obliterate all remnants of her and Kal’s culture. Bendis and Sook lean into the Kryptonians as immigrant metaphor with the items in the Fortress of Solitude representing memories and heritage of the homeland. Even if he barely speaks in this issue and is still mostly a one dimensional force of destruction and genocide,  Bendis and Sook position Rogol-Zaar as an anti-immigrant villain. To go along with this, Kara even gets a great action moment swooping up a faltering Superman with some Sook speed lines and delivering a one-liner before the brawl begins. Rogol-Zaar thought he had to fight one last of son of Krypton, but there’s a last daughter too.

The mystery parts of Man of Steel #3 barely progress (I have a fairly obvious theory about who the mysterious attacker is in the Lois and Jon flashbacks.), but Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook hit a strong emotional beat with Superman and Supergirl’s reactions to the destruction of the Fortress of Solitude and the Bottle City of Kandor. Rogol-Zaar’s motivation is wholly tied to Krypton so this is line with his character and shows that Bendis understands Superman’s alien and human heritage. A pity that the Batman subplot went nowhere.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Ryan Sook, Jay Fabok Inks: Wade von Grawbadger
 Colors: Alex Sinclair Letters: Josh Reed
Story: 6.8 Art: 9.2 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Recap: Supergirl S3E16 “Of Two Minds”

There’s a lot to unpack in Supergirl‘s “Of Two Minds” and even more questions about the future that the Legion is trying to prevent. Pestilence is on the loose and Imra and the rest of the legion is out to kill her with their weaponized blood before she becomes Blight. Lena is still trying to find a cure for Reign using pain to induce her alien state so she can study her. A dead bird leads way to five sick city council members and there’s a mysterious mark appearing on those affected.

While the team is dispatched to the nearest outbreak site, Winn uses humor to deflect (and hit on an unimpressed doctor) and J’onn J’onzz says some foreshadowing famous last words about “not causing a panic”, which in formulatic terms means, a panic is about to occur. Imra of course, is the cause of the panic thanks to her putting up a forcefield around the building in an bid to show Supergirl just how much she doesn’t know about anything. Lena discovers new intel about Reign and the parallel universe Sam goes to when she’s not Reign.

Mon’El and Alex reach out to Imra & Supergirl ,respectively to get them to compromise. There’s a hint of everyone knowing that this rivalry is jealousy based , Imra was at the site of the their discovery of a possible Pestilence who turns up dead. Supergirl expresses her displeasure with Imra going rogue and leaving to kill the suspect without telling anyone but, their talk is cut shot by Winn coming down with the disease.

While Winn recovers Imra and Supergirl have a passionate talk about murdering WorldKillers rather than saving the human part of them and Imra storms off refusing to give up her killing objective. Sam and Reign have it out verbally in parallel plane with Reign trying to get Sam to surrender to her dark side. J’onn uses his troubles of dealing with a parent with Alzheimer’s to correlate with Kara’s problem with Irma’s quest. Mon’El calls Imra on her mission statement based on her emotions and begins to question the whole League and mission with Braniac.

Alex falls ill from the precursor to Blight as Winn’s condition worsens, the DNA based vaccine from the future doesn’t work on what they have because, it’s not the full disease. Winn ruminates on his relationship with his mom and having great friends , like Jimmy who dropped everything to be by his side, seems to make peace with his seemingly inevitable end. Sam goes toe to toe with Reign and it isn’t pretty, Reign plays upon her worse maternal fears causing Sam to ask for to beg for death to save her. When Pestilence is discovered the team sets out to stop her and save her human half, while Braniac alerts Imra who is ready to kill her.

Pestilence breaks in to a board room and confronts the insurance company that has been ruining the quality of patient care , using her godlike capabilities to kill people she finds unworthy. Imra decides to attempt to kill Pestilence with a sneak attack while Supergirl is trying to talk sense into her. Her interference causes Pestilence to scratch Supergirl who falls ill which sucks for the team because it gives Julia time to show up and take her away. On the upside as Pestilence fled with Purity ,she drops her needle giving them her pure DNA which is enough to secure and create a cure. Winn and Alex wake up and Supergirl and Imra finally have an open, honest heart to heart that clears to air. Imra finally seems more real than competitive, giving her a bit more of a multidimensional portrayal than the writers have given her. The other two Worldkillers, Purity and Pestilence, sense Reign’s presence and descend upon L-Corp , which sends the team there to help Lena and her secret gets out , unfortunately so does Reign.

This episode was touching, there wasn’t a hint of male toxicity in the whole episode, there was a lot of emotion and tears from the male characters showing us something that we rarely see in modern media. There’s also something nice about Sam wanting to call in her girl crew to fix her in stark contrast to what seemed like the girl fight bound Imra and Supergirl. While his wasn’t one of the best episodes of the series, it was one of the most human, emotions were toyed with and the writing was less pop culture feminism and more real life applications of feminism. It seems like the writers are veering away from the show being all about Supergirl, like Arrow or The Flash, and more about the team as a whole. This veer isn’t a bad thing, it’s just that the story is more defined and very paint by numbers heartstring storylines with real world themes.

Overall Rating: 7.9

Recap: Supergirl S3E14 – Schott Through the Heart

The return of Supergirl in “Schott Through the Heart” starts off with the team getting ready to go to battle but, it’s not what you think. The team is gearing up for a karaoke battle that is and it is every bit of cheesy awesomeness that you’d expect. They kick things off with Kara doing the robot with spitting some Beastie Boys rhymes and includes J’onn talk singing some Whitney. Since we got off to a happy , fun times start we know the bad things are going to hit us hella hard with the furiousness of a gut punch. The writes did not disappoint in that regard. Winn’s rendition of “Take on Me” is interrupted with news of his fathers death appearing on the news before he gets to sing his first note.

Winn’s mother shows up at the funeral and attempts to reconcile now that it’s “safe” but, the would be heart to heart is cut short when the Toy Makers casket explodes. While Alex is off with J’onn and his dad having dinner , Mon’el and Supergirl have a talk and Winn tries to wrap his head around his father’s exploding casket. Mary attempts to reconcile with Winn but, it falls on deaf ears and this somber moment gets interrupted by “flying monkeys” calling Mary out over the sky of the DOE. When the monkeys finally break through , causing all manner of havoc inside and outside of the building, the team jumps into action , while the winged Monkeys try and take Winn.

Alex and the J’onzz men enjoy an interesting dinner that touches on appropriation and the troubles of black men on earth, especially in America. J’onn admits that while he chose Hank for survival, he kept it because he wanted to live authentically and be seen. We see glimpses that the senior J’onzz might have some form of early Alzheimer’s, either from years of isolation and torture or simple aging. Jimmy and Winn attempt to work through Winn’s emotions in regards to Mary’s return, speaking from experience Jimmy lets Winn know that forgiveness is needed to move forward , if that’s what he wants. For her part, Kara talks to Mary while Mary laments about all the things she wishes she would have said to Winn and Kara lets her know that he just needs time.

Alex and the senior J’onzz have a heart to heart about his condition and he kicks her out when she says it might be best to tell J’onn. It is heartbreaking and real, all he wants is to protect his son and all Alex wants is to protect them both. In other familial relationships, Mary shows off her talents for fixing things while dropping some truth on Winn about what she went through living with his father. Memory is a funny thing and the writers showcase the reality of domestic violence in a very real, thoughtful and non-exploitive way. J’onn confronts Alex to find out why she left and she refuses to let him know the truth in an attempt to keep the peace and protect the men who have become her default dad and grandpa.

Mary escapes the DEO and heads on a secret mission to confront the creator of the flying monkeys to protect Winn. Unfortunately, she does this without backup and gets captured and hostaged for Winn by the Toy Makers apprentice. While his protege monologues her devious plan, Mon’El, Jimmy, Winn and Supergirl head off to save Mary. I love that while running for their lives Jimmy and Winn stay true to character and keep up their witty banter. Mon’El and Supergirl take on a Jurassic robot while Winn uses his wit to try and get away from his fathers crazy protege and with his mom getting physical they are able to take down the villain.

The episode ends with a neat bow wrapped around all of the relationship drama and a feeling of closure. Mary and Winn join the team for karaoke night and finally tells him how happy he makes her and how proud she is of him before he invites her to stick around so that they can really get to know each other. Mon’El and Kara have that heart to heart they needed to have and, in typical Kara awkwardness she thinks the talk wasn’t about his wife but, about the Legions plan. We find out that the third world killer will evolve in 1000 years and the ship didn’t arrive in that time by accident. The J’onzz men finally have a heart to heart where the senior J’onzz admits his condition to his son and his regret at not being able to protect him from the pain and J’onn seeks out Alex, who without words gives him a knowing hug. We also find out why Lana was suspiciously missing from the episode and are left wondering if she’s up to her old Luthor trips again, when we see what’s on the other end of her call to Jimmy.

“Schott Through the Heart” is a decent midseason return for Supergirl. The episode is all about hard talks, reconnecting and relationships , making it one of the more human episodes of the show. There is a real but, touching awkwardness is Mon’El and Supergirl’s conversations that reaches it peak in this episode as the truth comes out. Not to be outdone Winn and his mother Mary have a heart to hear but, it’s going to be understandably hard for Winn to let go of some of their pain and come to terms with their estrangement. And, while these softball relationship tests are hard to watch the one that drives things home and hits the heart, is the relationships between J’onn and his father bringing real world problems into our fantasy world and drawing us into the amazing character development that goes into some of the Supergirl characters. Overall this episode was a somber but, interesting watch and relied heavily on character interactions and emotions rather than the usual battle scenes that drive the story forward.

Overall Rating: 8.2

Preview: Supergirl #20

Supergirl #20

(W) Steve Orlando, Jody Houser (A/CA) Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Supergirl must fight both Mokkari and the out-of-dimension Viking Judge to save Director Bones from the fury of the Viking’s magical ax! Meanwhile, with Director Bones out of the picture, Cameron Chase and Lar-On must break into the D.E.O. to save Veritas before the clock counts down to zero and the psycho-redactor erases her memories forever!

Preview: Supergirl #19

Supergirl #19

(W) Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala (A) Jamal Campbell (CA) Jorge Jimenez
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

In his search to write a CatCo piece on the truth about Supergirl, Ben Rubel interviews a young kid named Lee Serano, who recently became friends with the Girl of Steel. As Lee struggles with their parents and bullies at school for acceptance as non-binary, Supergirl is caught between punching her way through the problem and standing beside Lee as a symbol of hope.

Preview: Supergirl #18

Supergirl #18

(W) Steve Orlando, Jody Houser (A) Carmen Nunez Carnero (CA) Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“PLAIN SIGHT” finale! Director Bones and the D.E.O. put innocent lives at risk when they unleash a psychotic alien on the National City Solstice Semiformal with the hopes of exposing Supergirl. With the alien claiming the only way the Earth can stay pure is to eradicate Supergirl, Kara finds herself pushed to the edge and forced not to stay silent anymore. Supergirl must finally stand as the hero National City needs.

Recap: Supergirl S3E13 Both Sides Now

SupergirlBoth Sides Now” starts off with the full scale assault, complete with lackluster door kicking in by Supergirl on the apartment of a suspected Worldkiller, who is so engrossed in her Lisa Loeb singalong that she doesn’t even notice the armed cavalry that has come into her apartment. The fear of the guns drawn squad unleashes her inner Worldkiller and she sends out some seriously destructive screams that shatter windows, peel paint, and the glasslike walls. Samantha is feeling slighted by Lena taking over more day to day operations to give her friend a break until they can figure out what’s going on with her medically. Mon-El and Winn set out to do some spaceship repairs before the Legion can’t go home again which feels like the start of some good old fashioned boy bonding and hijinks.

Supergirl and Alex have some very different feelings about how to deal with the first Worldkiller they’ve managed to capture. In typical Supergirl fashion, she wants to save her and find her humanity while Alex is hellbent on killing it, with fire or Napalm or whatever is clever and available. Since Julia is no longer in control and Purity seems to be in charge of this party, Alex and her go toe to toe verbally getting us ready for one of the sisters to be proven wrong. While the Danvers sisters are trying to figure out how to solve the Purity problem, Samantha is trying to enjoy a hopefully Reign free ditch day with Ruby.

It doesn’t take very long before Alex is done playing nice and calls Supergirl out on her brand of illogical, saccharine filled hope which adds a nice level of realism to the mix. She makes very valid and human points with her argument that cynicism is what keeps us humans alive and she makes it known that she is about to do things her way if that’s what it is going to take to save our world and keep them both alive. Alex and Purity continue their verbal sparring and Purity doesn’t pull any punches and goes for all the soft spots in her attempts at destroying Alex’s very soul since she can’t destroy her physically yet.

The crystal they recovered and took straight to heart of the DOE headquarters is activated while Supergirl is talking to Purity and Reign gets activated while Purity uses her sonic boom level vocals to tear the DEO headquarters apart in her escape. Which is kind of heartbreaking because Reign was out with Ruby at the time, luckily Lena was only a phone call away and she gets a bit more insight into what’s going on with her friend. But, with Reign out in the wild with the mission of finding and guiding a “newborn” Worldkiller, I get a sinking feeling in my stomach because, I’ve grown fond of Sam and Ruby and as a comic book reader, I have a sense of where this is all headed.

Purity and the DOE All Star team go toe to toe in a subway station, with Supergirl getting most of the WWE action, while Alex tries to save the commuters, Mon-El and J’onn J’onzz try to save the structure. In a change of pace, Alex is the one who coaxes Julia out of Purity just in time to save Supergirl from a crushing throat blow. The calm is short lived though because Reign shows up and is ready to kill them all, Julia agrees to go willingly with Reign to avert the oncoming slaughter and they speed away in search of their third sister, Pestilence. I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s kind of cool that you need four HorseMEN to run an apocalypse but only 3 women to kill a world. Lucky for us that isn’t the end of Reign tonight because we get to see Samantha and Lena get into a bit of a spat over Ruby and how much she should know about her moms mysterious condition and Lena gets a sneak peek into the fact that she might be Reign which, might be a good thing because Lena truly wants to help her friend.

What was supposed to be some quirky, fun, hijinks filled boy bonding over old cars and space ships takes a turn for the serious & the writers added a bit of relationship tension into the mix with Imra and Mon-El who seem to be in the middle of a marital spat. There was a lot unsaid when Imra walks in and makes some suggestions about how they guys can fix the cars and just as suddenly she storms out with a vague quip. Her actions seemed very boilerplate and gave off some serious , “women be crazy” stereotypical vibes that I wasn’t too fond of. The story of their marriage gets told to J’onn J’onzz and it isn’t a romantic one which opens the gate to will they or won’t they on the Supergirl/Mon-El tip. While the writers are clear on the reasons Mon-El has been having weekly chats with Kara, it also leaves a bad taste in my mouth because, I’m worried that the writers are veering towards an eventually reconnect which isn’t a bad idea because of the infidelity, relationships are complicated, it’s a bad idea because Kara is still finding herself and learning to live on her on. , sans male attachments and through heartache. I am happy that the writers keep things honest when it comes to emotions and the complexity of relationships but, the way things are headed, I worry about Kara retaining any sense of agency. Especially since the story hasn’t been too focused on her this season outside of to show her heartbroken or proving how girl power filled she is by focusing on every woman on screen who isn’t her.

Overall this episode was a whole lot of conversation and a little less action, Elvis would not have approved and for the most part neither do I. The problem of late with Supergirl is that it stays very formulaic and enjoys going as close to the girl power line and straddling it with pop feminism. Despite the show being called Supergirl, the other women in the show seem to be better written and take center stage. Most of Kara’s emotional complexity comes from a place of discovering herself through her romantic relationships and less about her own emotional growth and discovery. It’s been wearing on me in a way I can’t put my fingers on but, the show seems to becoming stagnant and I feel like the staff should get back to basics and make a Supergirl show about Supergirl. It’s not to say that they can’t have fun with the other characters but, they shouldn’t be the central focus of the show and they shouldn’t have solid storylines, emotional arcs and depth while the main character gets campy one note lines that seem to be the equivalence of an emotional Groundhog Day that’s been running on a loop for most of the season. I hope that things turn themselves around for the rest of the season because, while last nights episode was solidly written and not horrible, it wasn’t a standout and while I don’t expect every episode to be a home run, it should at least make me want to come back for more immediately without using the last scene cliffhangers in every episode just to give us a bait and switch.

Overall Rating: 7.1

Recap: Supergirl S3E12 For Good

The DEO is on the hunt for the rest of the Worldkillers, that’s the central story in the Supergirl episode “For Good.” But, the rest of the characters help to push the story along and whose plots ultimately intersect. Alex tries to diagnose what’s going on with the humor form of the super villain we’ve come to know as Reign. Morgan Edge is out for payback against our favorite Luthor after an attempt on his life.

The writers continue their formulaic approach to story set up, all the main parts of what’s going to happen in the episode are set up before the first commercial break. We know that Kara and Jimmy are going to have to defend Lena’s honor against Edge’s accusations and possible war on her. We suspect that Reign will become Reign full time and might possibly give Alex the child she’s always wanted and that the WorldKillers will be discovered one by one and set up the rest of this seasons arc. In true Supergirl fashion, we’ve come to expect that two of these story lines will be explored in depth and have real teeth and one of them will fall to the wayside until the last few minutes where we will get an AHA moment of a glimpse of the story to come.

“For Good” is all about Alex showing off her doctor chops and maternal instincts along with Lena and her Luthor family drama. Kara and Jimmy try to calm down a reasonably distraught Lena who is over all of the drama and toxic masculinity oozing from Edge’s every pore, while Alex finds nothing terminal in brain scans so she takes some blood and sends it and the scans out to a professional. Reign gets humanized as she talks out her fears about what will become of her and her daughter Ruby. Alex shows off her bedside manner and friendship, urging her to talk to Lena and let her friends in. Which might be hard because Lena is going through a lot on her end. Jimmy ends up chasing down a coffee cart thief after Lena ends up poisoned. While Supergirl still in Kara clothes breaks cover to take her friend to the DEO to save her life.

Jimmy goes full fledge vigilante and out of character attacking Edge on a carport rooftop and J’onn J’onzz reminds Kara that she needs to get Lena out of the DEO before she finds out where she is. He does his magical alien negro pep talk for the episode by retelling some of his life on Mars giving Kara a glimmer of hope about the things to come.

Lena wakes up and is ready to go to war but is talked down by Kara and Jimmy who remind her not to go full Luthor because she is better than that. After hearing of a magic bullet, she realizes that her mother is behind it and heads for a clandestine meeting involving those signature Luthor trench coats.

Mamma Luthor gives another sinister pep talk to her daughter trying to get them to join forces under the guise of love, while simultaneously demeaning all the good qualities that Lena has and her current career trajectory. Samantha (human Reign) opens up to Lena and Kara about the craziness going on with her, most of which has to do with her maternal instincts towards Ruby. There’s a nice bit of sisterhood and they rally around her and try and figure out what to do about her child. Lena having a change of heart and opens up to Kara about her actual attempt on Edge and let’s her know that her mother is back. The touching moment snaps Lena back to reality and she realizes she needs to integrate all sides of her because, there is nothing wrong with being cunning and strategic as long as you don’t go full Luthor sociopath.

After figuring out her mothers plan and looping Kara in for an assist, a call back to the realization that Kara is just as capable as Supergirl, the ladies make a plan to save Edge because Lena is better than that. Lena warns Edge that mad mamma bear is on the loose and coming for him because, she is a bit miffed at him trying to kill her daughter and also, because she’s crazy and likes killing people, aliens, things, whatever. After a drone attack Lena gets Edge to confess to trying to kill Lena and just when she thinks it is over, Edge tries to attack her to get the confession back, when mamma bear comes in with a super suit to finish the latest murderous plot she’s started. Edge makes a run for it and steals the recording with Lena in pursuit. Mon El goes in for to help Supergirl, since he has had some upgrades in his time in the future he can finally go toe to toe with the Luthor’s super suit. And and the end of this episodes battle Jimmy, as Guardian shows up and helps his lady Lena get the recording back.

“For Good” is an excellent reminder that Lena is one of the best characters on the show, she isn’t a replacement for Cat Grant, she’s something new and exciting. She’s a dark horse full of complicated feelings and actions and she’s wonderfully portrayed with every bit of nuisance by Katie McGrath whose talents are the only one’s not wasted this season. Everyone seems to be stuck firmly in their pigeonholed character tropes. Lena has a heart to heart with her mother and she comes to terms with every part of herself and enjoys the realization that she is better when she owns her good and bad parts. The ladies get together to hear Samantha’s test results and learn there is nothing medically wrong with her and they all agree to be there for her until they figure out what is going on. Mon El and Kara have their weekly heart to heart where he says the same thing he always does, how much he changed for her and how much she means to him.

The episode ends with its requisite come back to the pre first commercial break red herring and we meet the first world killer, the one who was activated at the end of the last episode before cutting to black and hitting us with the credits ensuring we tune in next week. The episode wasn’t bad, it was exactly what we have come to expect from Supergirl , the writers stuck with their, “if it ain’t broke” mentality and churned out another mediocre episode. There was no real tension or action but, there was a good story with pieces of heart. It was well written, a bit too much so, and so by the numbers that it was downright predictable. I realize the need for place holder episodes but, this season has been full of them and it’s had a lot of wait until next week build up in the last 2 minutes that turn into much ado about nothing.

Rating: 7.6

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)

Recap: Supergirl S3E11 Fort Rozz

Last night’s Supergirl episode “Fort Rozz” starts off with a stir crazy Alex, still nursing her broken leg, volunteering to do babysitting duties for Reign’s alter ego’s daughter, Ruby. Back at the DEO Kara and the team discover the location of Fort Rozz and the identity of the priestess who can lead them to Reign, Jindah Kol Rozz. They also find out that Supergirl will be powerless because Rozz’s location is in a place with a blue star, so she decided to put together a lady powered team to have her back. I was glad to see that one of her picks was Livewire who is one of my personal antihero faves of this series and since her other pick is Psi, I found myself excited at all the possibilities.

While the Birds of Prey meets Suicide Squad quartet explore Fort Rozz for its namesake priestess, the powers behind Reign attempt to thwart the ladies mission. Imra gets accidentally brain sprained by Psi during an attack from an inmate causing them to lock up her powers again. As they are getting intel from the recaptured prisoner, they lose contact with the DEO thanks to a solar flare, which is pulling the prison and their ship along with it, into to the blue star. Back on Earth, Alex helps Ruby handle her school bully problem in an attempt to take her mind off of a text from Maggie.

Livewire and Supergirl head off to find Jindah while Psi and Imra try to keep the ship safe. Back at the DEO Winn and Braniac 5 go toe to toe for nerd supremacy with Winn coming out on top by figuring out a way to use the Voyager 2 to get a message to the ladies ship.

Priestess Rozz speaks in riddles and comes off as Grey Gardens level crazy when spouting riddles about Supergirl’s demise right before Reign, who still has her powers, runs Rozz through with fire from behind during her monologue. Supergirl tries to talk sense and compassion into Reign and gets an assist from Livewire and eventually Psi, since Imra has to work on getting their ship flight ready and detached. Psi brings Reign to her knees and Livewire dies in a heroic act of bravery trying to save a powerless supergirl from a supercharged Reign. When the remaining members return to earth, Supergirl is shaken from the loss of her friend, Imra is happy to be reunited with her hubby and Psi has grown fond of the rest of the team. Sam picks up Ruby from Alex after a great bonding day but, she’s clearly off an doesn’t remember anything, like the fact that she is Reign.

The episode ends with Mon-El and Kara having a heart to heart about her failings and the loss of her favorite frenemy and Kara telling him that there are more Worldkillers out there. It’s a somewhat tender moment that is immediately turned on its head by a brutal car crash, unleashing another Worldkiller.

While the banter was cute, caustic, and amusingly clever it wasn’t the shows best. There were lots of missed opportunities to true feminism but we instead got served a lot of verbal Cat fights and some hints of crabs in a barrel mentality. The episode seemed kind of forced with its interactions between the team and the only parts of the episode that seemed authentic and true were the scenes between Alex and Ruby. The scenes that were meant to mission statements about what to do with Earths Reign problem come off as redundant and catty and the name calling is unnecessarily shallow. I’m not sure who dropped the ball in the writing room for this weeks episode but, this was one of the series most faux feminist musings and it didn’t do the brand justice. The show has always been campy and tethered on bubblegum pop feminism but, at least it gave girl power newbies, bite sized teachable moments. Tonight’s episode was so off the mark that I didn’t even have feelings when Livewire was killed by Reign. I also cringed when Mon-El mansplains Kara’s emotions at her “failure” on Fort Rozz. Overall , last nights episode wasn’t the worst thing ever, it was just blah , like the writers gave up ten minutes in. It was the moving image equivalent of a place holder issue of a comic book and highlighted some of the shows flaws and none of its strengths.

Rating: 6.7

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