Friday, July 29, 2016

Review: Action Comics 960

Action Comics #960 came out this week, the next chapter in the Doomsday story arc in this new Rebirth DC Universe. Writer Dan Jurgens continues to shine in this new world, bringing a great mix of action and plot progression, and character moments. It is hard to say just how happy I am to have Superman books on the shelves that I enjoy reading! The last couple of years I have struggled to find moments I enjoyed in the super-books while feeling that the overall arc isn't working. Now I get the best of all worlds.

Tyler Kirkham is on art again this issue and brings a wild energy to the piece. His panels all seem to be hand drawn to give a frenetic feel to the action. The action is well choreographed and there is a physical feel to it. His women all are doe-eyed, like Shuster's Lois, but there isn't anything pandering. How amazing that this book has such great artists - Kirkham and Patrick Zircher.

But the big thing about this issue is that it sparked a new theory in my brain about who Mr. Oz. is. I wish I could say why the idea came into my head. But there it was. And I think I may be right.

On to the book.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Supergirl On TV Guide

One last piece touching on Supergirl at Comic Con. Once again, she was on one of the covers of TV Guide's Comic-Con Special. This is a strong looking Kara striking the iconic heroic 'hands on hip' pose.

When I went to the store to buy this, there was a whole stack of this issue. But there was only one Supergirl cover left! Either she is rare, everyone bought her, or it was random. Glad I was able to scoop it up.

Great cover!

The coverage included an interview with Melissa Benoist, a behind the scenese look at season one, and a Q&A with the producers. I grabbed a couple of pieces which grabbed me. If you like these shows though, you should get the book. There are good articles on Flash, DCLoT, iZombie, etc.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SDCC 2016: Supergirl Show News

San Diego Comic Con is in the rear view mirror and boy a lot of fun stuff was released, teased, and previewed. I was wowed by the Wonder Woman movie preview. I was pleasantly surprised by the JL movie preview. And I was very pleased with all the Supergirl comic news that came out.

As I said in the comic news post, I am still amazed at how much Supergirl was front and center at the con. There was a ton of news about the character. And having a hit television show certainly is a big part of that popularity. Gone are the days of people not knowing who Supergirl is.

I was also reminded by friend Martin Gray that just a couple of months ago, we fans were worried about getting a second season. Now the news about the show is just steamrolling forward. There was a lot of great information that was released at the convention and there are a million links, youtube videos, vines, and sites that can get you content. I'm just going to concentrate on the actual Supergirl panel at SDCC to discuss.

On to the coverage!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

October 2016 Solicits

The October solicits for DC Comics were officially released last week and I don't know if I have been this excited about the entire line in quite some time. Here is a link to all of DC's books and merchandise:

For me, the biggest news is that we get more of the Young Animal books. It feels like those years when a number of books out out by DC were pushing the envelope, those early days of Vertigo. So this month we get Shade the Changing Girl as well as the second issue of Doom Patrol. Shade the Changing Man is one of those properties that I have always enjoyed. So I am really looking forward to that book.

On to the super-books.

(W) Orlando (A/CA) Brian Ching (CA) Bengal
“REIGN OF THE CYBORG SUPERMEN” part two! Supergirl battles Cyborg Superman in the Fortress of Solitude-and there can be only one winner! But even a temporary victory can spell certain doom for Kara and her new home as her father’s plan at last comes to light! Meanwhile, the race for Cat Grant’s prized internship heats up, and Kara finds her human competition to be just as challenging!

This must be the main cover as it is clearly Brian Ching's art. I am glad to see that we are getting a variant by Bengal whose work sparkled in Adventures in SupergirlI might have to get used Ching's art which seems pretty stylized. Those are long thin legs on Kara.

That said, there is a lot to like about this solicit. I am not a fan of Zor-El as Cyborg Superman but maybe this 'plan' will make things interesting. But having Kara be Cat Grant's intern is brilliant. Could the human competition be  Siobhan Smythe? Nasty Luthor?

(W) Jurgens (A) Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert (CA) Clay Mann (CA) Gary Frank
“BACK IN THE PLANET” part one! Superman returns to the public eye-but what of Lois Lane? When a mysterious package arrives for Lois and Clark back on the farm, Lois can stay on the sidelines no more. But where does that leave Superman’s human doppelgänger, Clark?

(W) Jurgens (A) Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert (CA) Clay Mann (CA) Gary Frank
“BACK IN THE PLANET” part two! As the Daily Planet’s star returns to work, so does Lex Luthor. Meanwhile, Superman continues to investigate the devastation in the aftermath of the Doomsday attack.

Hmmm ... does this mean the older Lois Lane is taking over the role of the current Earth's Lois? We know that the current Lois will be Superwoman. Maybe she can't be the reporter so the older 'Author X' Lois needs to take up the mantle? Won't people notice she's older?

And who is that Clark?

(W) Tomasi, Gleason (A) Jaime Mendoza (A/CA) Doug Mahnke (CA) Kenneth Rocafort
“RETURN TO DINOSAUR ISLAND” part one! Father and Superson work on a science assignment with bizarre consequences that transports the pair along with Krypto to Dinosaur Island! Now, amid relics of World War II, Superman tries to keep Jon from the jaws of prehistoric predators! Worse, Kal-El can’t find a way to fly off the Island.

(W) Tomasi, Gleason (A) Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza (CA) Patrick Gleason (CA) Kenneth Rocafort
“RETURN TO DINOSAUR ISLAND” part two! Trapped on a strange island removed from time, Superman and Son encounter a lone survivor from the past. He may hold the key to their escape, but first they must survive the other denizens of the Island.

Superman and Superboy fighting dinosaurs amid WW2 relics? And Krypto will be there? And who could the sole survivor be? Iron Munro?

This cover screams everything I love about comics.

(W) Jimenez (A) Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy (CA) Phil Jimenez(CA) Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
“WHO IS SUPERWOMAN?” part three! Ultra Woman is revealed, and her unstoppable Bizarress army are hunting for Superwoman! But that’s not the only challenge facing the new hero-Steel has made a terrifying new discovery: Superwoman’s powers are killing her-and the only chance to save her life is to leave her powers behind!

Who is Ultra Woman? I really really really hope it isn't Lana. But we'll see. 

Superwoman dying from the power seems a bit too familiar. Haven't we just seen that plot? 

Anyways, the cover has a sort of Dark City feel to it. And I am looking forward to this book. 

(W) Yang (A) Richard Friend (A/CA) Viktor Bogdanovic (CA) Bernard Chang
“MADE IN CHINA” part four! It’s the Justice League of China vs. the Chinese Freedom Fighters! As the New Super-Man tests his power against the Flying Dragon General’s team, a shocking new revelation will stop our young hero dead in his tracks. And trust us, you won’t believe what Kenan Kong discovers! All this, plus the Chinese Freedom Fighters’ ultimate weapon arrives, and it’ll be the STAR of the show…

What could it be that he discovers? I hope it isn't that he is dying.

And the fact that STAR is capitalized makes me think that the word is in the codename. Any ideas?

I was thrilled by the first issue. So I am on board for now.

(W) Bennett (A) Laura Braga, Mirka Andolfo (CA) Ant Lucia
With the help of the real Raven and Miriam Bätzel-now transformed into Mary Marvel-the Bombshells must defend the Jewish rebels against a Nazi army magically controlled by the Joker’s Daughter. But as the city of Atlantis rises out of water mid-battle, the Bombshells may be facing an even bigger threat than they ever imagined!

Again, no mention of Supergirl in this solicit. I keep hoping we'll see Kara again and soon. But introducing Mary Marvel is a brilliant stroke for this book. I hope she is played like the earliest Mary, almost Pollyanna in the face of the atrocities around her.

But a new Shade book and a Doom Patrol title on the shelves makes me very happy!  

Monday, July 25, 2016

SDCC 2016: Supergirl Comic News

Okay everyone, please settle in.

I usually try to cover the Supergirl news that comes out of the San Diego Comic Con in one post. But let's face it, Supergirl has become so popular that there is no way I could cover it all in one place. How crazy is it for me to say that! But true ... between the comic, show, and merchandise, Supergirl is everywhere.

This post will only cover the news about the comic that came out of SDCC. And that is still a lot for me to touch on. Between preview pages and hearing Steve Orlando talking about the book, I am even more excited for this new book. Everything looks and sounds like I am going to love this book.

So the outline here will be me grabbing blurbs from a couple of panels that Orlando appeared at and then adding my thoughts. After that I'll showcase some of the panels from the preview pages I liked. Everything I am commenting on is easily found on the internet. For ease, here are links to where it all can be found on Newsarama.

The link for the DC Young Metropolis panel:

The link for the DC No Boundaries panel:

The link for the comic pages:

But there is a lot to cover here than just that. So please settle in. It is great that so much Supergirl news came out of SDCC.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #25

I continue my look at the Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes book over on the Legion of Super-Bloggers. This week I cover Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #25.

Click here to head to the full review.

And continue reading for a great Supergirl moment!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: Superman #3

Superman #3 came out this week and continued a sort of up and down ride on this title. Plotters/storytellers Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are joined by Jorge Jimenez (the eventual artist on Super-Sons) to spin a new origin for the Eradicator and move the main plot around Jon forward.

I have to be honest. It has been quite some time since an Eradicator existed in the DCU. So it is hard for me to quite remember exactly where the character was in the pre-New 52 world. Wasn't he a sort of anti-hero in the Outsiders at the end? I don't think he was a out and out villain. I ask the question only because I am trying to reconcile Superman's immediate response here.

I am also trying to wrap my head around the Eradicator's new power set. There is something off about it. Does it fit the character? Does it make sense? Did we have to see the last scene in this book? Did we have to see another pet get injured?

I suppose I should be happy that, for the most part, Superman has acted like a Superman I can root for in this Rebirth world. And Jorge Jimenez art has always been delicious. So visually the book is striking.

But after last issue's step forward post Goldie, this issue felt like another step back.