Friday, March 30, 2012

Villainess :: Gretel


Gretel (Lisly Bonner)
Created by Gail Simone and Ardian Syaf
Debuted in "Bargirl" #5

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Aquaman 7 :: The Others I

Wow! This single comic by Geoff Johns may as well be the storyboard for a cinematic production. Black Manta is introduced to the New 52 through a fantastic opening sequence that also features one of Aquaman's old associates, and a pretty cool swordfight. From the get-go, readers will be able to see the subtle but significant changes made to Manta's character, and start making assumptions about his role in this new continuity. Ivan Reis returns with the best of his talent to deliver the most amazing art he's done thus far. Panel by panel, one can appreciate the extreme amount of detail and the exquisite lines that only get enhanced to the nth power by Joe Prado and Rod Reis.

Yet, none of this compares to the best parts of the issue: Mera controls the ocean once again, this time to save a ship from a rogue wave; and then... cat fight! Mera proves why she rocks, and now she has met her match. "The Others" promises to be the best Aquaman story ever told.

Mera by Ivan Reis

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mera Cosplay

New Orleans Wizard World 2012
Mera is Snuggiemouse

Villainess :: Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary (Mary Worth)
Created by J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman, Amy Reeder
Debuted in "Batwoman" #7

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Batgirl is a Citizen of DC Nation

Batgirl joins the lineup of DC Nation along with pals Supergirl and Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) in the shorts titled simply "Super BFFs!"  DC Nation airs on Saturdays at 10:00 am in Cartoon Network.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Villainess :: Siren

Created by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis
Debuted in "Brightest Day" #4

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Batgirl 7 :: A View From Below

Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Ardian Syaf and Alitha Martinez

Just like when you are on the open road driving a stick and switching from second to third, this issue feels like Gail Simone is kicking it into high gear by jumping right into the heart of things. A new menace in the form of a metahuman psycho, a relationship building moment with Black Canary, and an interesting catalyst to retell a classic story make of this issue an "all-included" roller coaster. It is good to see that the apparent clumsiness we have seen since the start of the series is not due to Batgirl's inexperience, but rather the result of a psychological barrier she has erected around herself; each one of these adventures is slowly cracking that barrier to show everyone what Barbara freaking Gordon is truly capable of.  The flashback sequence could have taken better advantage of the shared art duties, but overall, there was no detriment to the book.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Batwoman 7 :: To Drown The World II

Written by: J. H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
Art by: Amy Reeder

Batwoman's world expands considerably in the second chapter of "To Drown The World" with the formal introduction of an entire rogues gallery composed of both new and familiar faces. The non-linear narrative in this arc adds yet another level of mystery as readers try to connect the different pieces in a cohesive manner that leads to the fateful confrontation between Batwoman and Falchion's monsters. Amy Reeder's pencils get only better here, although it is worth of mention that it is noticeable how throughout the issue she slowly transitions from the layouts and page design themes established by J.H. Williams III, to the more traditional panel-based artwork. It is a shame that after such a long wait, Reeder is leaving the series with only a few issues under her belt. With a great combination of character development, all-out action, and plot progression, this is a fun and entertaining issue.

NOTE:  Chronology has been updated with this entry 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Batgirl 7 Preview

Batgirl #7
"A View From Below"
Ar by Ardian Syaf
On Sale March 14 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Batwing 7

Batgirl appears in Batwing #7
"But there were consequences for us"

The closest thing to Oracle we have seen in the DCnU

Batgirl is still a computer hacker
Art by Dustin Nguyen

NOTE:  Chronology has been updated with this entry

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Who is Miriam Bridgeman?

Art by Alex Saviuk

Gotcha! This one was not as easy as Kate Kane or Barbara Gordon, right?  Many may not know it, but for a while, Mera did have a civilian identity in the surface world.  She had been forced to abandon Earth and return to her home world Xebel; but just a few weeks later, a Navy oceanographer by the name Miriam Bridgeman appeared in S.T.A.R. Labs and started working for them.  It wasn't long before Miriam crossed paths with Aquaman and so it was revealed that Mera had been brainwashed into forgetting her identity and assuming that of Lt. Bridgeman. - Action Comics #537.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Who is Barbara Gordon?

Art by Gillem March

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012