VAMPIRELLA appears in a swirl of bats, her legs entwined with a thick, poisonous snake and all of it atop a mound of skulls. The scary has never seemed so seductive as in this 18-inch polystone statue from Sideshow Collectibles. Wearing her classic, incredibly revealing strip of red (and white collar), she cuts an amazing, striking figure.
Straight outta Asgard and looking every bit the hero, The Mighty THOR joins the Marvel Select collection as this Classic Thor Exclusive figure. It was made just for the Disney store, which you might recall is now also technically a Marvel store since the House of Mouse scooped up your favourite heroes and villains a little while back.
He stands about 8 inches tall, sized as a deluxe item, and comes with the great hammer, Mjolnir. Grab it now!
The first set of Walking Dead figures has arrived and another is on its way later this month! The set that’s already in is the COMIC version of the action figures and features Rick Grimes, Michonne, a zombie lurker and a zombie roamer. Check these out:
Each figure is about 6 inches tall and the heroes come armed to the teeth, ready to take on herds of the undead.
Later on, look for Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, a zombie walker and a zombie biter! Take a look at what’s next:
The show’s back in action and we absolutely loved the first episode of season 2, so you can definitely count on these being pretty popular with fans. Order or pre-order now!
TWO series of figures from THE WALKING DEAD are headed your way. The first is based on the comic series and the second on the adapted television series. Both of them are out later this month and can be pre-ordered now! Check these out.
If you were a fan of the BLACKEST NIGHT story arc over in the DC Universe, then you’ll definitely want to get your hands on this 4-figure box set of 6.75-inch figures. Packaged with the figures is a 48-page trade paper back, BLACKEST NIGHT SPECIAL EDITION #1, featuring GREEN LANTERN #40 and #41 by Geoff Johns, Philip Tan and Eddy Barrows and BOOSTER GOLD #27.
In this set, you’ll find Indigo Munnk, Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Black Lantern Blue Beetle and Star Sapphire Fatality! It’s a pre-order and if you want to snag it now, you can expect it to head your way in November!
COME ON DOWN! THE MONTREAL COMIC CON IS OPEN TODAY AND TOMORROW! MEET ADAM WEST, BURT WARD, MICHAEL DORN, JAMES MARSTERS, STAN LEE AND MANY MORE! PLUS, ART, COLLECTIBLES AND…COMICS!
800, De La Gauchetière Street West
Montreal (Quebec) H5A 1K6
Saturday, September 17
General admission: from 11:00am to 7:30pm
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Sunday, September 18
General admission: from 10:30am to 6:30pm
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When the rebooted DC Universe was announced, few titles got more attention and response than Barbara Gordon’s return to the Batgirl mantle after years as Oracle. Many called it a mistake to remove the one wheelchair-using superhero from continuity to give her a cowl that could easily be worn by Stephanie Brown or Cassandra Cain, but the comic is finally arriving and we can at last learn whether this issue has been taken on with any respect. Before we get there, though, here’s a read through from ComicsAlliance’s awesome article on the topic.
Next week’s release of Justice League #1 marks the beginning of a new era for DC Comics, whose superhero titles and characters will throughout September undergo a radical reconfiguration where many will be newly created, relaunched, reimagined or even abandoned. Among the casualties will be Oracle — aka Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl — a superhero who uses a wheelchair. Her appearance in this week’s Batman Incorporated #8 is presumably Barbara’s final adventure as the handicapped über-hacker Oracle, a role she’s filled since 1989 and one that’s since become one of the most beloved and culturally significant in superhero comics. Barbara will return fully mobile as the title character in Batgirl #1.
As we discussed back in June, Barbara Gordon’s restoration to Batgirl is without question the most controversial and bittersweet of all the changes DC will implement as part of it’s “The New 52″ initiative. The success and popularity of Oracle over the last 17 years, particularly in the long-running Birds of Prey series, has paradoxically necessitated the character’s regression to her original idiom, a move that itself necessitates removing from mainstream comics the industry’s most important character representing disabled persons and those with long-term illnesses that impair mobility.
Among those compelled to respond to the loss of Oracle is Phil Noto, the superlative comics artist and illustrator whose first work in the industry was creating cover artwork for Birds of Prey. He published the above portrait to his blog in June, along with the following remarks:
My first job in comics was creating covers for DC’s Birds of Prey and and over the the course of 24 issues I drew this lovely lady a lot. And then I did some brief interior work on the Cassandra Cain Batgirl and finally did the first run of covers for the Stephanie Brown incarnation. They’ve all been great Batgirls much like Steed’s partners in the Avengers. I’ve done numerous pieces of Babs as Batgirl more so for the retro iconography and the aesthetic look of the black, yellow and red then her actual persona as Batgirl. Honestly in terms of fictional characters, I always just considered her to be Oracle. I, like many others, am very sad her to see her go, but if there’s anyone to keep her spirit alive as Batgirl once again, Gail Simone is the one to do it.
Noto referred to Gail Simone, the writer depicting Barbara’s transition to Batgirl in the new series. A longtime Birds of Prey writer, Simone is the comics creator most responsible for Oracle’s popularity over the last decade. But the first person to write an Oracle solo adventure was Scott Peterson, in Showcase ’94 #12. Along with artist Brian Stelfreeze (another master who recently told Peterson that Oracle was his favorite character — she has talented fans), Peterson introduced concepts like Barbara’s clock tower headquarters and her mastery of the Escrima fighting style, both of which went on to become major trademarks of the character.
As part of a series of posts in tribute to Oracle, the DC Women Kicking Ass blog published a remembrance by Peterson in which he detailed the story’s origins, his work with Stelfreeze, and his estimation of Barbara Gordon as a character:
Oracle. One of the great characters in comic book history. As Batgirl, Barbara Gordon was usually portrayed as light-hearted and free-spirited. She was a superhero not because she saw her parents murdered, but because it seemed like it’d be a hoot. Which worked great at the time-it sure made me fall in love with her as a kid. But by the late ’80s, as grim-and-gritty became the order of the day, she didn’t seem to fit quite as well. But as Oracle, she was not only a perfect fit for the times, she was something of a groundbreaker for comics, a computer whiz at the moment when still a tiny percentage of the popular had even heard of the internet or email or websites. Yet far from being a gimmick or a fad, as comic character created to fit the changing times often seem to be, Barbara’s backstory-both as Batgirl and the Killing Joke events-gave her an unusual amount of depth for a character.
Much more from Peterson, as well as Devin Grayson and Joan Hilty, at DC Women Kicking Ass.
Farewell, Oracle. You mattered.
Hello, Batgirl. On behalf of many of us of a certain generation, it’s nice to finally meet you.
A 1986 TV interview with Gerry Ross (owner of 1,000,000 Comix/ One Million Comics). A good interview with a slim younger Gerry Ross.
A blast from the past….
Hawk, Dove, Jade and Aqualad join up in this, the third series of DC Direct figures made to celebrate the awesomeness that has been BRIGHTEST DAY. Standing about 6 inches tall, they look just great and capture the vivid colours and sleek designs that defined the arc, which followed Blackest Night and brought the DC Universe into a better age.
Ahead of the reboot, figures like this seem all the more awesome: these designs might never be seen again and some of the characters might just get lost in the fray! Grabbing these is a great idea for anyone who wants to hold onto something that’s slipping away–or just to celebrate what’ll be nostalgia in a few short years.
Two new Green Lantern Retro-Action Doll Figures are coming your way! One is already in-stock and the other is pre-orderable so that you can make absolutely sure to get your hands on one of the most valuable members of the Corps. But first…
Guy Gardner–the red-headed bowl-cut beefcake of the Green Lantern Coprs is the first one up. Sporting his signature vest, he stands about 8 inches tall and is part of a Green Lantern Retro Action line that also includes Sinestro, Kyle Rayner and the upcoming pre-order…
John Stewart! The third of the four exclusives featuring a separate power battery within the vintage-style packaging, he looks just fantastic and makes a great addition to any Green Lantern fan’s collection!
You can check out the rest of the retro collection right here!