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Week of Geek: DC Heroines on the Big and Small Screens

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Hi Geeklings!  Everyone have a good long weekend?

Couple of interesting things over from Warner Bros and DC to report this week.  Looks like Supergirl is getting her own movie.  After the success of Wonder Woman and of the small-screen Supergirl series, it seems Warner Bros is willing to take another chance on the teen superheroine and bring her back to movie theaters (an attempt was made in 1984, but the less said about that the better).  For anyone unfamiliar, Supergirl is Superman’s younger cousin and a hero in her own right.  She has the same powers as her cousin and is known as the Girl of Steel.  Details are super scarce at the moment for a film version, but regardless it’s still exciting news!

While DC’s big feature films are hit and miss, it’s television universe is thriving and growing.  The Supergirl TV series is part of the Arrowverse, a collection of series that began with Arrow and are all interconnected and have frequent crossovers.  It was recently announced at San Diego Comic Con that Batwoman will join the Arrowverse, possibly with her own show.

And she’s also been cast.  Exciting times!

So how to get in on this?  Well, for Supergirl may I recommend…

Superman/Batman Vol. 1Superman/Batman Vol. 1 by Jeph Loeb – I LOVE this series, it actually got me back into reading comics in my 20s.  This volume collects the first two storylines, and the 2nd one reintroduces Supergirl after she hadn’t been in the comics in years.  Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are all here, as well as Big Barda and villain Darkseid.  Everyone is shocked when Batman discovers the pod carrying Kara Zor-El in Gotham harbor, and now everyone, including Kara, has to decide what must be done, especially when someone as powerful as Darkseid catches wind of her arrival.  The events of that story were also made into an animated movie (I personally preferred the comic, but give both a try).

Supergirl: Being SuperSupergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki – This four-issue stand-alone series took a more YA approach to Supergirl, her origin and her day to day struggles.  Kara Danvers has superpowers and crash landed to earth in a ship, but she’s fine to put all of that aside as she tries to deal with the pressures of high school and hang out with her friends and adoptive parents.  As Kara gears up for her 16th birthday an earthquake in her small town unearths some dark secrets, some misplaced trust and kicks her superpowers into overdrive.  Will she figure everything out or will this be her undoing?  You’ll have to read to find out.

Image result for supergirl blu raySupergirl TV Series – Launched in 2015, this popular CBS/CW series has introduced a new generation to Kara, and it’s popularity has helped convince Warner Bros to give a movie a chance.  In this series Kara Zor-El is sent to earth from a dying Krypton like her cousin Kal-El.  But Kara is 13 years old when she’s sent and was tasked to watch out for her baby cousin.  But when her ship is sent off course and finally arrives on earth decades later Kal is grown up, now named Clark Kent and famous the world over as Superman.  Years later, when Kara is 24 she attempts to launch a superhero career of her own, trying to get out of her cousin’s shadow and to hold a normal life at the same time.  (And yes, Superman does make an appearance in this show, but not until season 2.  Patience.)

Age of AtlantisSupergirl: Age of Atlantis by Jo Whittemore – If you’re digging the TV series and want more, there’s a book series tie in!  In this volume Kara has noticed that a lot of superpowered people are turning up in National City, but if that weren’t enough the Department of Extranormal Operations has caught a sea creature… a humanoid one.  So Kara now has 2 mysteries to sort out; all the superpowers showing up and what drew this individual from the sea to the city.  There’s also a collection of digital comics that tie into the series as well.

You can find the rest of the Arrowverse shows from our collection in this handy list.

As for Batwoman, be sure to read…

Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. WilliamsBatwoman by Greg Rucka – This first volume introduces us to the New 52 version of Kate Kane, showing her backstory and her current work as Batwoman.  Former military, kicked out for being gay, Kate decides to take inspiration from Batman and begin fighting crime herself.  But a new threat comes to Gotham; the Religion of Crime and it’s riddle and storybook loving leader, known only as Alice.  But Alice may have secrets… secrets that tie to Kate and to her family.  It’s a riveting tale and a great introduction to this thoroughly modern hero.

What do we think Geeklings?  Excited?  Meh?  Keep giving us Marvel?  Post away in the comments or on WriteIt.

Have a great week, try to stay dry, keep your eyes peeled for Fan Con news, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: A Good Old Fashioned Comic Binge

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Hiya Geekings!  How’s the summer going?  Getting in those Teen Challenges?

Speaking of which, as I mentioned, this week’s theme is comic books.  Not only is that a favorite topic of mine but I’ve also been reading some new comics lately, so I thought I’d highlight some books so we can all enjoy them.  Yay!

NimonaNimona by Noelle Stevenson – FINALLY got around to reading this one.  Set in a fantasy realm where science and magic mingle, known villain Lord Ballister Blackheart (who, BTW, may be one of my new all-time favorite characters of any genre) just got an unpredictable shape-shifting hot-headed sidekick named Nimona.  Nimona’s past is mysterious, but she’s eager to take a bite (sometimes literally) out of Blackheart’s nemesis, the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.  Their main champion, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, has a history with Blackheart.  I won’t give too much away, but I would wholeheartedly recommend giving Nimona a read.  The characters are compelling, the dialogue is great and the setting is cool.  Loved it!  (BTW, it’s not due until 2020, but Nimona is getting a movie).

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LadycastleLadycastle by Delilah S. Dawson – A fantasy series featuring princesses, lady kings and lady knights.  But none of them started out that way (well, except for the princess).  You see, the women in this kingdom couldn’t really do anything when King Mancastle and his knights were around, as he made sure all women were firmly oppressed, even locking up his eldest daughter in a tower.  When the king and his knights get eaten by a dragon and a curse falls on the kingdom that will draw more monsters to them the women decide to handle things themselves, learning how to fight, how to build and how to run the kingdom together.  With great artwork and some great song references, this was fun and empowering.

Brave Chef BriannaBrave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes – If you like cooking, this is one to check out.  Brianna is the only girl out of 16 children, and her famous and ailing father has a proposition; whoever opens the most successful restaurant will inherit his cooking empire.  One rule though is only one of the 16 kids can have a restaurant in each city, and Brianna ends up in Monster City – which, as you may guess, is made up almost entirely of monsters.  Though Brianna is eager to prove herself quite a few things stand in her way, such as city ordinances, monsters who aren’t keen to have her there and her own really negative inner monologue.  But some unexpected friends and some good food may just turn the tide.

Heavy VinylHeavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin – This one is set in 1998, which already appeals to me as I was a teen during the 90s.  17-year-old Chris has just started a job at Vinyl Mayhem, the local record store, and as a huge music fan she’s ecstatic to be working there… and the fact that her crush, Maggie, also works there is a huge bonus.  But then a favorite singer disappears just before her band is set to do a show at Vinyl Mayhem, and that’s when Chris discovers the truth; everyone at the shop isn’t just sorting out albums, they’re also a teen girl vigilante fight club!  What?!  One complaint I have is that volume 1 ends pretty abruptly.  But, aside from that, you’re going to enjoy these girls and how much butt they kick.

Misfit CityMisfit City by Kirsten Smith – In the Oregon town of Cannon Cove, not much happens.  The town’s biggest claim to fame is that it was the setting for a cult kids classic film called The Gloomies (yeah, I think we all know what film that’s a stand in for), and it’s a tourist spot for Gloomers (the fans) but not much else is going on.  But just when Wilder, Macy, Dot, Karma, Pip the dog and their friends think they’ve seen it all in Cannon Cove, a deceased sea captain, an uncovered treasure map, a legend of a pirate named Black Mary and people willing to do anything to get their hands on that treasure all pull the girls head first into an adventure all their own.  Like Heavy Vinyl, volume 1 of Misfit City ends pretty abruptly, but it’s pretty darn fun.  And we’re going to see if we can get volume 2 in to our collection.

Gotham City Garage Vol. 1Gotham City Garage by Collin Kelly – It’s your favorite DC characters as you’ve never seen them before, and a lot of them ride souped-up motorcycles!  In the spirit of DC Bombshells and taking cues from film series like Mad Max, GCG takes familiar characters and puts them in a new scenario, and this time we’re getting post-apocalyptic.  Decades ago Governor Lex Luthor turned Gotham City into the Garden, an oasis under a dome protected from the Wasteland outside.  But the citizens of the Garden are not free, as Kara Gordon knows all too well when the electronic brainwashing every citizen experiences doesn’t affect her.  But when she’s forced to flee the dome she meets up with the women of Gotham City Garage, who ride their bikes all over the Wasteland and who look for every opportunity to take Luthor and his system down.  Some villains are heroes, some heroes are villains, some heroes are heroes and some villains are villains.  You never know what you’ll get with this series.

Just having typed this, I’ve noticed a pattern; a lot of girl power in these comics.  I think I’m on a bit of a kick.

Anything you guys have read recently that you’d recommend?  Post in the comments or write about it on WriteIt.  Have a great week, keep trying those challenges, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: The DCEU fumbles again, What heck?

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Well Geeklings, it has arrived.  The Justice League movie.

Full disclosure; I haven’t seen it yet.  But I and the rest of the world do know two things about it.  Critics aren’t crazy about it.  And it underperformed at the Box Office it’s opening weekend.

WHAT… HECK?!

This was supposed to be it!  The culmination of… FOUR movies!

The film that brings everyone together, including some we hadn’t really met yet!  What the heck?!  (There might be a bit of sarcasm in there, my bad.)

So what’s going on?  This is the fifth movie in this series thus far, and out of the five of them only one has actually performed well with critics, fans and with ticket sales.

Well, I was reading this article the other day, and I think it really hits the nail on the head.  Give it a read for the full picture but here’s a few things I’d like to highlight…

  • This was really rushed: Four movies may seem like a lot, but only three of them really had anything to do with Justice League (Suicide Squad was more of a standalone).  DC’s decision to go the opposite route that Marvel did (with five movies all tying in to the lead up of The Avengers) while developing a Cinematic Universe means that we now have a Justice League film where we only really know half the members.  Where’s the investment?
  • Over saturation: Justice League only followed Thor: Ragnarok by two weeks.  Someone like me is happy to have several super hero films at once but the average movie goer may not be thrilled.
  • Backstage shenanigans: Though some fans may disagree with me, I’ve never been thrilled that Warner Bros decided to put Zack Snyder in charge of this operation.  I’m not crazy about the decisions he’s made thus far, or about how dark and dreary he seems to be insisting on making this universe.  And the only time the franchise has had any real success was when they put someone else in charge.  Snyder had to back out of finishing Justice League for very legitimate reasons, and WB brought in Joss Whedon to finish the movie.  I love Whedon, but it’s never easy to take someone else’s work and try to finish it, and there were A LOT of reshoots.  Often what this all leads to is two very different visions competing against each other and a very unbalanced final product.
  • Fans are just getting sick of all of this:  From the backstage drama to the bad reviews to the constant disappointment and divisive decisions DC and Warner Bros are making, some fans have likely had enough of the whole thing.  I think I’m starting to get to that point myself.  This isn’t working!  And it makes it all the more painful to know that it can work.  Wonder Woman proved it!

Having said all that, I will probably go and see Justice League.  One thing a lot of critics have been saying is that even though it’s not a perfect film it is fun.  Sometimes that’s all I want from a superhero film, and that sense of fun was sorely lacking in Man of Steel and especially Batman v SupermanSuicide Squad tried to be fun, but only as a last minute add on.  And though Wonder Woman had the emotional depth the story needed it definitely had it’s fun moments.  That’s part of what made it such a great film; it could do both.

What do you think Geeklings?  Will you go see Justice League?  Give it a pass?  Either way, how come?  Post in the comments or for more extensive thoughts head to the WriteIt site and pour your hearts out.

And, just to reassure ourselves that DC can win in other mediums, here’s a list of their TV shows…

And some awesome graphic novels…

Have a great week Geeklings, and until next time, End of Line.