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DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: New Super-Man and DC Super Hero Girls

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got one trade and one graphic novel from DC Comics.

New Super-Man Vol. 1 Made in China collecting issues #1-6 by Gene Luen Yang, Viktor Bogdanovic, and Richard Friend.

DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 3 Summer Olympus by Shea Fontana, Yancey Labat, Monica Kubina, and Janice Chiang.

Find out what the trades have in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores June 21 and bookstores June 27.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

New Super-Man Vol. 1 Made in China
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 3 Summer Olympus
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Review: DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 2: Hits and Myths

dc-super-hero-girls-vol-2“Intro to Epics” is one of Wonder Woman’s favorite classes at DC Super Hero High, but even for an overachiever, balancing high school literature assignments with learning to be a superhero can be tough. But you know what they say about learning-experience is the best teacher! So when Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana, and Harley Quinn fight a cyclops, a witch, and a bevy of sirens, they’re sure to learn a thing or two about The Odyssey-if they survive their epic battle in the underworld!

I’ll admit I love DC Super Hero Girls. The concept is great. The animated videos and toys are great. And the comics that have come out have been really entertaining too.

DC Super Hero Girls: Hits and Myths is the second graphic novel in the series. Written by Shea Fontana the story is broken up into chapters as the girls attempt to get to a sleepover but Batgirl’s plane has been stolen!

The story is much more interesting than that might seem in that Fontana plays with the Odyssey giving kids their own version in some ways. She plays with that classic story updating it for kids to enjoy. And it’s really enjoyable. These kids feel like kids and the new versions of these classic characters are really fun. I think that’s something I’ve really enjoyed about the property as a whole is seeing things slightly changed. And Fontana keeps that up with an introduction of Lobo to the comic and it all works! It works because it’s fun!

Yancey Labat‘s art continues the consistent style we’ve seen run through everything. The property doesn’t vary much at all when it comes to the visuals which isn’t a bad thing at all. The character designs are top notch but Labat adds in the superheroic stances that make it visually entertaining. The heroes get solid spreads and panels with them flying, punching, and more.

A fantastic property continues to be fantastic in a new graphic novel that continues the fun. This is a perfect read for kids and adults alike and fans of the DC Super Hero Girls won’t be disappointed.

Story: Shea Fontana Art: Yancey Labat
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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DC Super Hero Girls Get a New Digital First Series “Past Times at Super Hero High”

past-times-at-super-hero-highContinuing the great momentum of the empowering DC Super Hero Girls universe, DC announced at New York Comic Con a new Digital First comic book series DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High. The company will also publish a third original graphic novel DC Super Hero Girls: Wonder Woman: Summer Olympus in 2017.

The new Digital First series launches today everywhere digital comics are sold and is written by fan-favorite writer Shea Fontana with art by Agnes Garbowska, Yancey Labat, and many more. Fontana is well versed in the DC Super Hero Girls universe, having written DC’s first original graphic novel and The New York Times bestseller DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis. The highly anticipated second novel DC Super Hero Girls: Hits and Myths hits stores November 1.

dc-super-hero-girls-wonder-woman-summer-olympusDC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High will follow iconic DC characters Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley, Katana, Bumblebee and Ivy as they embark on a time traveling mission that goes haywire, leading the teen superheroes on a wild goose chase through time in hopes to restore order at present-day Super Hero High. The series will debut new digital chapters every other Wednesday and fans can download the first chapter for free and using the special promotion code: PASTTIMES. Following the digital run, the comic will be collected into a print graphic novel in 2017.

Also announced, DC will continue its bestselling DC Super Hero Girls original graphic novel series with a third installment, DC Super Hero Girls: Wonder Woman: Summer Olympus. Fontana and artist Yancey Labat will unite for the third volume, slated to be released summer 2017.

Check out the full descriptions for the two releases:

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: PAST TIMES AT SUPER HERO HIGH

For Liberty Belle’s “History of Heroes” class, WONDER WOMAN, SUPERGIRL, BATGIRL, HARLEY, KATANA, BUMBLEBEE and IVY take a time machine to learn about the past, up close and personal. But when the girls can’t help themselves from intervening in a past battle, they alter the course of history. When they return to the present, they find that Super Hero High is now run by VANDAL SAVAGE! The girls will have to ping-pong through time, trying to find the right way to restore order—and Amanda Waller—to Super Hero High. 

Writer:  Shea Fontana
Artists: Agnes Garbowska, Yancey Labat, and more to be announced
On Sale: The first chapter is available for download now via the DC App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, and Nook Store.

 

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN: SUMMER OLYMPUS

School’s out for summer, which means WONDER WOMAN has to take her annual trip to visit her dad, ZEUS. Wonder Woman usually feels like an outsider among the gods and goddess of her paternal family (and she hates the constant barrage of “You’ve gotten so big! How tall are you now?”), so she’s thrilled when Zeus says she can bring a few friends along. When the girls arrive at Olympus, it’s not long before the family reunion devolves into a family competition. When jealous ARES enters the scene and stokes the fires of distrust, the family feud turns into a battle for Wonder Woman’s soul! The gods offer Wonder Woman the ability to become “full goddess” and increase her powers – but at the cost of renouncing her life at Super Hero High. Will Wonder Woman refuse the offer, and if she does, might this mean war on Super Hero High? When Ares and STRIFE work their battle-magic on Wonder Woman’s friends, it’s super hero girl against super hero girl in the battle for Metropolis!

Writer: Shea Fontana
Artist: Yancey Labat
On Sale: July 11, 2017
US $9.99

Review: DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals Crisis

DC Super Hero Girls Finals Crisis CoverPreparing for high school exams is hard enough, but at Super Hero High, even the tests are super-tough! Principal Waller keeps an eagle eye on her students, drilling them in math, science, literature—and other subjects like flying and powers! And no one wants to fail, because Principal Waller hands out detention faster than a speeding bullet.

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis is the first original graphic novel for the new line of characters/comics/toys/and more featuring Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Bumblebee, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Katana, and Poison Ivy.

I’m not the intended audience for this line of toys and comics. I know that. Yet, I’ve found myself not just enjoying what’s been released but also cheering on its success. DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis is a simple graphic novel geared towards younger kids, but writer Shea Fontana delivers it in an entertaining way that even us adults can enjoy it too. It’s not as layered with jokes as some other series aimed at kids and adults, but fans of these comic characters will enjoy the nods here and there and seeing these new versions of these classic characters. There’s something fun about it all, and the positive vibe oozes off the page in word and pictures.

That vibe is helped by Yancey Labat who flawlessly continues the style that has been a signature of these characters in their animated series and toy line. There’s no interpretation here, it all looks like one vision and it works well. The designs are solid and colors pop off the page. This is super heroes back when they were fun and positive and Labat’s style makes that clear.

This isn’t a deep layered graphic novel, it’s not supposed to be. This is geared towards younger kids who’ll enjoy the characters and style and simplistic story. Still, I found it all enjoyable and can’t wait to read and see more of it all. If there’s a little super hero in your life, this is an absolute must buy for them. If you’re an adult, it’s one you’ll want to check out to see what the kids are so excited about.

Story: Shea Fontana Art: Yancey Labat
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

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DC Super Hero Girls Get a Second Graphic Novel

DCSHG_HaM.cv.r2[2][2]After increasing anticipation from fans about the upcoming original graphic novel DC Super Hero Girls: Finals CrisisDC Entertainment has announced that volume two is not far behind!

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis is the first publishing product for the new superhero universe for girls from DC Entertainment, and will be available everywhere books are sold on July 5. To satisfy the excitement of fans, the publisher has greenlit a second volume, DC Super Hero Girls: Hits & Myths due out on November 2. Writer Shea Fontana and artist Yancey Labat will reprise their roles for the second volume.

While learning about The Odyssey in Mister Etrigan’s poetry class, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl and their friends go on their own Odyssey-inspired journey where they face off with a Cyclops, seek help from a Witch, and evade the Siren before journeying to the underworld. Can they help their teacher escape from Trigon’s prison and return home? Find out in DC Super Hero Girls: Hits & Myths.

For a sneak peek of DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis, pick up a copy of the first two chapters at your local comic book shop on Free Comic Book Day, May 7.

DC Super Hero Girls Graphic Novel Details Revealed

One of the more interesting announcements this year from DC Comics was their more young girl focused line of toys, comics, books, and more, DC Super Hero Girls. While they’ve regularly put out animated features, they also showed off a line of toys at New York Comic Con that looked pretty cool.

Now, they’ve announced the official title of the upcoming original graphic novel, DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis. The graphic novel will be written by Shea Fontana with art by Yancey Labat. Monica Kubina will be the colorist and Janice Chiang will be the letterer.

The graphic novel will come to comic book stores July 6, 2016 and everywhere books are sold July 12, 2016.

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