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Review: Supergirl S4E15 – “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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The first eight minutes of the latest episode of Supergirl was full of emotion, trauma, drama laying down the groundwork and a promising start for a what would turn out to be a spectacular episode.

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” starts off four years in the past as a young and worried Lena is being held captive by a deranged Lex who is trying to take down Superman with one of his world-ending evil plans before he is defeated and jailed. We then find ourselves back in the present where Lex is delivered to Lena, with full light support regalia, and Supergirl finds a gravely injured Jimmy on the Catco floor. Lex and Lena’s snark-filled reunion is cut short by Lena’s assistant Eve and news of Jimmy’s condition. Alex tries to finagle human trials of Lena’s serum by using Jimmy’s condition to push her to begin human trials as J’onn and Supergirl go on a mission to find and stop Manchester before anyone else they care about ends up hurt.

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Manchester decides to literally mindf*** J’onn with ” The Punishments” in a way that will break our usually level headed Martian down. I find the interaction between the two of them of the most interesting aspects of the show. The characters give us a DC version of the Professor X/ Magneto duality and, it really works for not only the show but, as a mirror for the current state of real world affairs. Ultimately J’onn prevails against Machester to save the city and himself, he’s able to return Brainiacs ring to him and sets out to figure out who he is in this new world.

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In an effort to save the love of her life, Lena leans on Lex because two super genius brains are better than one.  We get to see a vulnerable side of Lena as she pleads for Lex to help fix the Harun-El serum because, while she wasn’t okay using it to help a dying Lex, she really needs it to work in order to keep Jimmy at hundred percent.  Jon Cryer’s Lex is a bit off-brand for the polarizing character, he comes off as a knock-off Joker instead of an entitled, off-putting genius. Lena is so blinded by her need that despite Eve’s warning and the collective viewer sigh of, “Girl, you in danger!” she allows Lex access to everything and, we can all count the ways that this can go horribly wrong. I also found the level of verbal abuse, disguised as sibling rivalry and highlights the nature of toxic familial relationships.

Without Alex’s connection to Supergirl, she has lost a lot of her humanity and it’s kind of hard to watch since we all know the great sacrifice she made to protect Kara. She’s all about the job and finds herself singular in her focus and work causing her to play agent a lot more than the friend and comes off more self-serving than compassionate. There’s something to said about Alex’s character shift, it highlights the very real problem of people not being equally compassionate to “others” unless it directly affects them or someone that they know. I think it’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out and if Alex can confront some of the underlying bigotry that she seems to have towards aliens.

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Sadly, Supergirl doesn’t get a lot to work with this episode which is kind of disconcerting, since it’s supposed to be her show and while I love the ensemble nature of the show, it’s kind of offputting that she’s routinely relegated to a side story than the main story. This season has been more about what everyone else has going on and how Supergirl relates in their world rather than how they relate to her and her humanity.  This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy the wonderful character development and, the friendships and fallouts that fuel them, it’s just a bit disenchanting to watch Supergirl become moral and problem-solving tech support in her own show. Especially, the male lead DC shows allow her male counterparts to make every episode about their hero’s journey, I  wish that she was afforded the same story arc structure.

The reveals in this episode were gold star, Lena thinks she’s one step ahead of Lex but, not only did we discover that Eve was a double agent and Lex had Jimmy shot ,  we saw what we suspected all along, Lex was playing her.  He, of course, has Lana knocked out for her troubles and manages to get away after killing a squad of FBI agents in the most comic book manner possible.

Favorite Quote:

“Microaggressions are their own form of trauma. ” – Braniac

When he said that, I think we all felt that one a little bit.

Overall this episode was pretty good and a lot of ground was covered. J’onn becomes the Manhunter that we all wanted, Lex gives us a bit of evil to look forward to, even if Cryer’s portrayal promises to make thing super campy and we seem to be poised to get more Superman to detract even more from the creators sadly prevailing sentiment that Supergirl doesn’t deserve to be centered in her own show.

Overall Rating: 8.7

Preview: Supergirl #28

Supergirl #28

(W) Marc Andreyko (A) Eduardo Pansica (CA) Yanick Paquette
In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Supergirl and the Omega Men versus…Supergirls?! The Omega Men’s secret base of operations is attacked by the Citadel, who brought with them an entire army of Supergirls who all don’t seem to be built quite right. With Supergirl fighting multiple versions of herself, it proves the old saying “You are your own worst enemy.”

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Preview: Supergirl #26

Supergirl #26

(W) Marc Andreyko (A) Kevin Maguire, Sean Parsons (CA) Yanick Paquette
In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Supergirl… super-captured! Still recovering from radiation poisoning, Kara finds herself in the clutches of the Citadel and its ruthless leader Harry Hokum, who is eager to experiment on one of the last Kryptonians in the known universe. How is Kara supposed to track down answers to her Rogol Zaar/Krypton mystery in the midst of a Vega System civil war? And you don’t throw a civil war in the Vega System without the Omega Men returning-even some long-lost ones!

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Preview: Supergirl #25

Supergirl #25

(W) Marc Andreyko (A) Emanuela Lupacchino, Jill Thompson, Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy (CA) Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza
In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
SRP: $4.99

It’s a super-sized issue of SUPERGIRL!
Supergirl and Krypto go back to the “scene of the crime”-the ruins of Krypton! With Z’ndr hitchhiking, Supergirl is not only there to find clues on who the killers of Krypton are, but to pay her respects to her dead family and friends for the first time since she left the planet. But a mysterious caretaker whose duty is to protect Krypton’s remnants at all costs attacks and won’t let Kara through! As if that weren’t enough, the Kryptonian powerhouse and her super-powered pooch are stricken with radiation poisoning from the dead planet and must also fight their inner demons!
This anniversary issue also includes two backup stories! First, witness the thoughts and fears of Krypto as he is affected by the radiation poisoning from the wreckage of Krypton. Then, learn more about our new hitchhiker, Z’ndr Khol, as he scavenges a booby-trapped ruin in a remote corner of the galaxy in an off-the- wall space adventure!

Crisis on Infinite Earths is Coming Fall 2019

The CW‘s “Elseworlds” crossover between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl is over and throughout the entire event it hinted at an adaptation of a classic DC Comics event, Crisis on Infinite Earths. As Supergirl wrapped up, we now know next year’s Fall 2019 crossover is exactly that.

The event has been hinted at since the first season of The Flash where it was revealed The Flash disappeared during a “crisis.”

We’ve got a year to wait in anticipation.


DC Collectibles Reveals New Items Releasing in 2019

Dark Nights: Metal Batman and Darkseid Baby statue

Rocking into our world from the pages of DARK NIGHTS: METAL is DC’s most powerful Super-Villain. In the twisting, nightmare-and-rock-and-roll-infused plot of METAL, Scott Snyder has the Dark Knight capture the newborn Darkseid to shoot himself back through time.

  • Based on art by Greg Capullo
  • Sculpted by Neobauhaus
  • Includes Interchangeable head and removable Darkseid baby
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Size: 6.1’’ tall
  • MSRP: $85.00
  • On sale July 2019

Batman Black & White Batman statue by Kenneth Rocafort

Bruce Wayne chose the bat as his symbol because it frightened him, and he wanted criminals to share his fears. Fear can translate as intimidation, or in the case of this Batman Black & White statue by artist Kenneth Rocafort, it can become nightmarish fright. This statue incorporates demonic and otherworldly elements, including a serrated cape, skeletal feet and a vampiric bat symbol, and will stand out on any shelf or collection.

  • Sculpted by Paul Harding
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Size: 8.77’’ tall
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • On sale July 2019

Batman Black & White Mini PVC Figure 7-Pack Box Set One

DC Collectibles’ iconic BATMAN BLACK & WHITE statue series has captured the hearts of collectors and comics fans alike with its interpretations of the World’s Greatest Detective and Gotham City characters from the industry’s most celebrated artists. Starting in 2019, DC Collectibles is creating an all-new offshoot of the beloved black-and-white collectibles, this time in 3.75″ tall PVC figures. Released in box sets of seven, each set will feature resized statues from some of the most popular designs in the line’s history. The first set releasing in May 2019 features art by Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jason Fabok, Patrick Gleason, Frank Quitely, Dick Sprang and Jim Lee.

  • MSRP: $35.00
  • On sale May 2019

DC Designer Series: Wonder Woman statue by Jenny Frison

This DC DESIGNER SERIES statue is based on the celebrated Jenny Frison-illustrated cover from the Rebirth era of the WONDER WOMAN comics series. The design takes Frison’s vision and expands it into three dimensions for a stunning and highly detailed showpiece. Cast in polyresin, the statue captures a Wonder Woman who is prepared for battle, armed with her shield, an Amazonian spear and the Lasso of Truth on her hip.

  • Based on art by Jenny Frison
  • Sculpted by Jack Mathews
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Measures 15.5’’ tall
  • MSRP: $150.00
  • On sale July 2019

Batman Family: Robin Multi-Part statue

Following the success of the Teen Titans multi-part statue, DC Collectibles is back with a new line of combinable statues, this time featuring the Bat-Family! This new set features five statues that can be posed individually or combined into a massive showpiece. The latest release of the Bat-Family is the Boy Wonder himself—Robin! Perched upon a gargoyle with a sword at the ready and a smile on his face, this Robin is ready for action. Carefully sculpted in polyresin, this statue will stand out on its own or as part of the Bat-Family when connected with the other statues of the collection.

  • Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Measures 5.71’’ tall
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • On sale July 2019

Deluxe Action Figure Base Two-Pack

Complete with a three-point arm, a spring-loaded grip and peg holes, these deluxe action figure bases allow great freedom and flexibility for displaying your favorite DC Collectibles figures. The arm reaches up to 8’’ tall; the base is 6.5’’ by 3.5’’. Sold in packs of two.

  • MSRP: $10.00
  • On sale March 2019

DC Gallery: Batman: Arkham Asylum Batman Cowl

The DC Gallery collection presents some of the most iconic accessories, costumes and art as seen in the DC universe. In 2019, DC Collectibles is launching a collection of Batman cowls, each representing a beloved rendition of the Dark Knight’s headgear from comics, videogames and more. In July, DC Collectibles will release a Batcowl based on Batman’s costume in the acclaimedBatman: Arkham Asylum videogame produced by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios. Standing 11.29’’ tall, this 1:2 scale polyresin sculpture makes a great addition to any home, office or Bat(man) cave.

  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • MSRP: $90.00
  • On sale July 2019

DC Artists Alley Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Supergirl and Batgirl by Chrissie Zullo

Created with a dreamlike, whimsical aesthetic, Chrissie Zullo’s transformations of Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Supergirl and Batgirl embody the artist’s unique and joyful art style

  • Sculpted by Irene Matar
  • Size: 7’’ tall
  • Limited to 3,000 pieces
  • MSRP: $60.00 each
  • On sale July 2019

Black and White Variants:

  • Limited to 1,000 pieces

The CW’s “Elseworlds” Crossover Gets the DC Comic Book Treatment

There’s a lot we still don’t know about this year’s Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash DCTV crossover event, “Elseworlds,” one thing readers are pretty clear on is what that title is a reference to. “Elseworlds” is the name of a popular line of comics from DC’s past that completely reimagined the worlds of DC’s greatest heroes. It’s a part of the company’s legacy, something that’s nodded to in a unique new image that’s promoting the three-night event.

Drawn by comic book artist Amy Reeder and designed to look like the cover of one of DC’s monthly comics, this illustration also includes the classic, all-lowercase “Elseworlds” logo. With LaMonica Garrett’s Monitor seen looming in the background, Reeder’s illustration portrays the heroes of the crossover—Green Arrow, the Flash, Supergirl, Superman and Batwoman—seemingly battling each other. Beneath them, Jeremy Davies’ maniacal-looking Dr. John Deegan can be seen looking up at them in delight, suggesting he might be the cause of the mayhem. Fans will also notice that the Flash in the image is actually Stephen Amell, while Green Arrow is Grant Gustinsomething already teased through photos.

Reeder has drawn several highly regarded comics for DC, including the bestselling New 52 Batwoman series, which helped to define the Kate Kane version of the character.

Look for the “Elseworlds” crossover event to kick off on Sunday, December 9 at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST), then continue at the same time on December 10 and December 11 on The CW.

Jon Cryer is Cast as Lex Luthor on The CW’s Supergirl

Another legacy DC live action actor is returning to the live action DC Universe as Jon Cryer has been cast to play Lex Luthor on The CW‘s Supergirl. The series has been leading up to and hinting at the character’s debut for quite some time.

Cryer has been a previous Luthor playing Lex’s nephew Lenny in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. He’s also played Felix Faust in Justice League Action and Justice League Action Shorts. His breakout role was Duckie in 1986’s Pretty in Pink and from there was a headliner in such films as Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home and Hiding Out. He also starred in 262 episodes of Two and a Half Men which aired on CBS.

Supergirl has regularly cast legacy DC actors on the show in different roles including Helen Slater who played the original Supergirl in the 1984 film, Chad Lowe player Captain Marvel/Billy Batson on Young Justice, Erica Durance who was Lois Lane on Smallville, Teri Hatcher who was Lois Lane on Lois & Clark, and Dean Cain who was Superman on Lois & Clark.

Lex will be a recurring role on the show and will debut on the 15th episode of the current season.

Preview: Supergirl #24

Supergirl #24

(W) Marc Andreyko (A/CA) Evan Shaner
In Shops: Nov 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Supergirl goes bar-hopping…in space! Hot on the trail of Rogol Zaar, Supergirl is on the hunt for the Krypton killer’s mysterious cohorts known as the Circle. That quest finds the Maid of Might kicking over rocks at a scuzzy intergalactic dive bar, where she runs into Ambush Bug of all people-not to mention a wretched hive of scum and villains who want to kill her, too. But before Supergirl can track down Krypton’s former location, her suit’s yellow sun energy starts to run out, which is going to leave her gasping in the vacuum of space!

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