DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year is the first — but likely not the last — original animated movie starring the redesigned teen girl versions of DC female heroes and villains. As a branding program, DC Super Hero Girls has been successful. They found an underserved niche — girls and their parents/adult friends who wanted heroic models for them — and made the most of it. That required redefining some of their best-known characters. For example, Harley Quinn […]

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Lucifer: The Complete First Season

I had fun binge rewatching the first season of Lucifer. In large part that was due to the lead character, as played by Tom Ellis. His devil is ballsy and funny in his lack of restraint. He’s an irrepressible, dapper British gent in a suit who loves sex and is good at it. He isn’t hiding anything but is disturbingly obvious about his drives and wants and expects others to be the same. It’s a twisted kind of honesty, which […]

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The Doctor Tackles Superheroes in Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #4

The fourth issue of the now-ongoing Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor series features a comic favorite: people getting superpowers. Only there’s a twist, of course. First, the comic — written by Cavan Scott, art by Cris Bolson — does something that can only be done these days in the comics. It mixes up characters from various eras of the show. The ninth Doctor, in the likeness of Christopher Eccleston, meets up with the later Mickey Smith, the one who’s become […]

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A City Inside

I wasn’t previously familiar with the work of Tillie Walden, so I had no idea what to expect when reading A City Inside. What I got was symbolic, a strongly constructed series of images that requires subconscious consent in submerging oneself. It’s a piece based on emotion, not logic. For those who need something more concrete, the publisher’s book description says Shifting between the everyday and the surreal, A City Inside recounts one woman’s life from childhood home, to the […]

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Gets a New Trailer

The retro-styled Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders put out a teaser trailer last week, and the idea of doing a new cartoon with the 1966-style characters (and original voices Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar) got a lot of attention. This more official trailer confirms that the dynamic duo will be facing off with the four classic villains: Catwoman, Joker, Penguin, and the Riddler. The cartoon will allow for more large-scale action than in the original TV show, […]

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Angel City a Thrilling Retro Adventure – With Preview Pages

Thanks to the publisher, I got a chance to read an advance digital copy of Angel City, an upcoming six-issue miniseries from Oni Press. It’s written by Janet Harvey — whom I had the pleasure of working with at DC Comics many years ago — and drawn by Megan Levens (Madame Frankenstein). And it’s a lot of fun! Here’s the official description: Introducing ANGEL CITY, a hard-boiled 1930s noir starring Dolores Dare, previous Hollywood hopeful and current enforcer for the […]

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Marvel Promotes STEAM – Does It Matter?

Marvel has announced yet another cover theme for November, this time promoting “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)”. (Is there something in the water on this subject lately?) The following books will feature special variants, as follows and shown below: S (science) – MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR #13 by Joyce Chin T (technology) – SPIDER-MAN #10 by Pasqual Ferry E (engineering) — INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 by Mike McKone A (art) — CHAMPIONS #2 by Pascal Campion M […]

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Order Brief Histories of Everyday Objects Now!

If you like non-fiction comics, make sure to order Brief Histories of Everyday Objects now! It’s available through your local comic shop with Diamond code AUG16 1842, for a $20 hardcover out in early October. I’ve previously covered Andy Warner’s minicomic The Man Who Built Beirut, so I know I like his work, but this promises to be even more entertaining by exploring how common objects — including the paper clip, roller skates, and the sports bra — came to […]

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