DC’s Project Runway. Top Dogs Get New Threads Post Convergence

"Do you have any idea what DC are doing?"  "No.  You?"
“Do you have any idea what DC are doing?” “No. You?”

Going hand in hand with DC’s strange mini-relaunch post Convergence, we are getting some new/updated costumes.

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Supergirl’s “New” Look: I Hate It!

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I have nothing but respect for Melissa Benoist. I loved her on Glee, and I am sure she will make an awesome Supergirl. But hold the presses on that outfit. I hate it. And I realize that I might be the only one who is not excited about it. But before you shake your fist at me for going against the grain, here me out…

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J’onn J’onzz, Redheaded Stepchild Of The Justice League

As first appearances go, this may be one the most long-lasting weird looks in comics.
As first appearances go, this may be one the most long-lasting weird looks in comics.

Justice League fans of a certain age (namely mine) often believe that J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter, is the heart and soul of the Justice League.  A hero who’s been involved in every incarnation of the League, J’onn is the wise father-figure, the mentor, the strategist, and the backbone that holds the Justice League together.

Sadly, it’s not quite true.  While he was one of the original founders of the team, he was also the first to leave the team to do other things for a while.  Whether it was due to redundant powers next to Superman or just the fact that he’s generally been one of the few major Leaguers to not hold down a solo series for very long, J’onn has been removed from the League more than once, and may be just shy of iconic for many fans were it not for his appearance as one of the founders on the Bruce Timm-produced Justice League animated series.

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Slightly Misplaced Comics Heroes Case File #6: Phantom Lady

She may not really be a phantom, but she sure is a lady.
She may not really be a phantom, but she sure is a lady.

Gabbing Geek Jenny recently challenged the readers to come forth if they could name a female character that:

  • Does not have a male version
  • Has not cameoed in a movie or TV show
  • Has an origin story older than the mid 90s
  • And that Jenny herself has read

Her answer to this riddle, when trying to figure an iconic hero that hadn’t gotten his or her own movie yet, was Madame Xanadu.  While Xanadu is a fine character, often associated with DC’s various mystical books and teams, she may not be the best character to dub as “iconic”.

See, a better answer may have been a more obscure character, Phantom Lady, also owned by DC, who actually is considered the epitome of Golden Age “good girl art”.  There’s no Phantom Man to go with her, she was created in the 40s, and her only appearance on TV or in a movie was a single episode of Batman:  The Brave and the Bold alongside the rest of the Freedom Fighters.  Of course, if Jenny had read of Phantom Lady, maybe that would have made the cut.  Or perhaps not, as we shall see…

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Comics Watson Actually Liked

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It is often said on the Gabbing Geek podcast (listen to it!) that I don’t read comics.  Well I did once.  So in talking to my buddy Phil Ray the other day, he asked me to write a post on my ten favorite Trade Paperbacks ever (“other than Watchmen, of course”). I would tell him writing for a website is not like being a DJ at da club because we don’t take requests, but he did introduce me to my ex-wife (thanks,jerk) so here we go…

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Is Michelle Rodriguez DC’s New Green Lantern?

 

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Say hello to Michelle Rodriguez. You know the super star from epic movies like Fast & The Furious,  Resident Evil, and Avatar (and lest we not forget her run on the TV series LOST, quite possibly the best show EVAH!). In a recent article published by MoviePilot.Com, they explore DC’s tilt towards a current rumors that Ms. Rodriguez could play the new Green Lantern. Let’s break this down into smaller chunks.

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Google’s 3D View-Master Makes Me Think of Spandex and Dr. Shrinker

If you haven’t heard about this yet (translated for WittyWatts: “if you haven’t seen a Facebook post about this yet”), Google and Mattel have teamed up to make a 3D, virtual reality version of the classic View-Master toy.  Why does this make me think of Spandex? Apart from the cheap yet accurate response that all things make me think of Spandex to some degree?  Find out after the break …

 

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Super Awesome Superhero Helmets

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Holy cow, I wish I had a motorcycle so that I had a real reason to buy one of these awesome helmets. I mean, I guess I could buy one of these helmets just because they are awesome, but it would be awkward to wear this around the house. Could you imagine me walking round in my sweats and geek tee while donning the massive face of Wonder Woman? Actually, don’t picture that, spare me the humility. But  honestly,  how would I brush my teeth or eat pizza? I guess this means I need to bye a motorcycle. That’s the only option. Want to see more? Check out the photos after the break.

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Do Mega-Crossovers Really Matter?

Shhh!  It's a secret!
Shhh! It’s a secret!

Want to cause a dispute among comics fans?  Ask them about big blockbuster crossovers.  Most fans claim to hate the dang things, and yet they still shell out good money to read them.  Many come out like clockwork, and storylines inbetween seem to be more the calm between storms.  Publishers promise big changes.  “Nothing will be the same!” they say.  Rarely is this ever the case, and many changes are so minor the fans barely notice.  Even if resurrection were not a distinct possibility in any case that doesn’t involve removing a tragic backstory, most fans know better than to assume many characters will actually stay dead.  Usually its more like, “This character will remain dead until we figure out how to bring them back in at least a somewhat plausible manner.”

In the end, most crossovers don’t do much.  DC has Convergence coming this summer, just in time for the 30th anniversary of Crisis on Infinite Earths, probably the only crossover to actually make massive changes that really stuck for the longest time.  Marvel is doing a new Secret Wars that is doing…something.  Neither publisher is saying anything, and that just stokes the Jimmy Impossibles of the world to a frenzy until someone is left cleaning up an awful mess of drool and disappointment.

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The New 52 Is Dead. Long Live The…New 49?

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Not to be outdone by whatever Marvel announces on The View today, DC is trying to make waves of their own with huge changes to their entire line of comics in the wake of Convergence.

Up first, RIP New 52 branding.  It hasn’t made sense in a long time and I guess we are back to it simply being the DC universe.  (Unfortunately it doesn’t sound like we’ll be back to the Pre-Flashpoint DCU.  Sniff.)

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