New Wonder Woman statue depicts the true Art of War

The New 52 showed us that DC Comics had endless ideas and possibilities about the evolution of timeless, favorite comic-book superheroes and superheroines. Wonder Woman is no exception! Here, straight from the pages of her self-titled series, she soars into action as a hardy, courageous warrior. The Wonder Woman Art of War statue was meticulously designed by acclaimed artist and Harvard alum Cliff Chiang, a DC collaborator who’s known for his work on bringing the Green Lantern and Black Canary, among many others, to life on page.

Jonathan Matthews brought his sculpting prowess to the table to bring us this seven-inch statue, depicting a stoic and battle-ready Wonder Woman about to strike with her lasso and stately armor that recalls that of ancient Roman gladiators. She comes in a limited run of 5,200 only, so make sure you grab this statue before it’s too late!

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If I were facing her in war, I would be more worried about that lasso than the sword. Yikes!

DC Designer series premieres three new figures

We’re already on the third wave of this collection of sought-after figures from DC and Mattel. The DC Designer action figures proudly boast a 100% faithful recreation of Greg Capullo’s work on The New 52.

Fully articulated and measuring six inches tall for easy display alongside your other New 52 figures, these guys (and one gal!) will be a delight to collectors familiar with and with an affinity for Greg Capullo’s artful illustrations. We’ve got Batgirl (pictured below), Zero Year Batman and Commissioner Gordon to tickle your yuletide fancy, so hop on the DC Designer sleigh and make sure your collection is complete!

Batgirl is a badass.

Batgirl is a badass.

Justice League’s Cyborg is imagined in his animated-movie form

Best known as a member of the Teen Titans, Cyborg is also known to be one of the crucial founding members of the Justice League as per the New 52 narratives. Born Victor Stone and developing an extraordinary IQ thanks to the scientist parents who use him as a test subject, his body parts are all eventually replaced by high-tech prosthetics, helping him with his abilities of superhuman strength, supersonic flight and next-level durability.

Here, he’s gotten a New 52 reboot as the next instalment in the DC “Animated Movie” series, recalling his looks in the original film Justice League: War. He’ll go into intense combat against the Apokolips troops with this six-inch rendering!

Human or machine? Both. Like a Venn diagram of everything great.

Human or machine? Both. Like a Venn diagram of everything great.

The New 52 Harley Quinn busts out of Arkham Asylum

Equal parts spunky and kind of deranged, the lovably ridiculous Harley Quinn has broken herself out of Arkham Asylum and is running to meet you smack-dab in the middle of all of your other prized collectibles! True to the new Suicide Squad vision created by the New 52 folks, the “female Joker” features a blue-and-red ensemble and hairdo and carries a giant mallet, poised to strike. The delightfully weird former psychiatrist’s weapon of choice may be comically oversized, but comic-book fans have speculated that perhaps the hammer is cleverly weighted, allowing her to swing it with the use of centrifugal force. Or she really is superhuman-ly strong. Who knows? That’s part of the charm of this enigmatic ball of charisma.

Capture a piece of the absurdity with this six-inch bust by Jim Lee and James Shoop. Don’t delay on this one as it has a limited-edition run.

Hammer out the details.

Hammer out the details.

The agile Vixen darts into DC Cover Girls series this spring

As DC gradually reveals their DC Cover Girls series, each offering is more and more of a testament to the detail-oriented craftsmanship of these commissioned statues. Here we present Vixen to you, a nine-inch statue designed by acclaimed cover artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and sculpted by Sam Greenwell.

This essential lion-like figure of the Justice League is known for her feline elegance and prowess, and is the first African DC character to boot. This makes her a must-have in the aesthetic canon of the comics franchise. Like the other statues in this collection, she’ll be released in a limited run of 5,200 for shipping in April. Reserve this piece of comics history now!

Imagine if you had the echolocation of a bat and the agility of a spider monkey all at once.

Imagine if you had the echolocation of a bat and the agility of a spider monkey all at once.

Undersea queen and lover of Aquaman is newest statue in the DC Cover Girls

Mera’s been the Queen of Atlantis for awhile — since 1963, in fact! The legendary partner of Aquaman is an amphibious alien known for being able to kinetically control water to create just about any kind of structure from it. With flaming red locks and elegant undersea garb, she’s a deep-sea vision worthy of artistic representation, and of your collection.

Both supporting character and protagonist in myriad DC story arcs since last century, she’s a timeless character and key persona who deserves the celebration she’s getting from the Jack Mathews Cover Girl collection. Designed by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, Mathew’s sculpting talents are showcased in this 10-inch figure. As a tribute to The New 52, Mera has a limited run of only 5,200, so keep this in mind when you’re placing your next order!

Pictured in a graceful aquatic rise, Mera was named one of Comic Buyers' Guide 100 Sexiest Women in Comics.

Pictured in a graceful aquatic rise, Mera was named one of Comic Buyers’ Guide 100 Sexiest Women in Comics.

7 reasons why Taylor Swift is actually Wonder Woman

Ye olde interwebs has recently been sent a-Twitter over Yahoo’s accidental release of the official music video to Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”, a kind of Lorde-y, snappy single from her forthcoming album 1989. Which was a pretty big boo-boo considering that the existence of the video had been heretofore intentionally kept secret, and that Swift had planned to do a big reveal on Good Morning America today. Her team dealt with it by putting it up a day early themselves, and all is still well in the universe because the video is brilliant.

T-Swift has been the source of both mass public scorn and hype since she was but a C-D-Em-G-strumming teen, but somehow she manages to keep her fist clasped tightly around the dice that determine her pop-star fate. And so we got to thinking… Tay-Tay is kind of a Wonder Woman herself, isn’t she? Here are seven reasons why.

1. Taylor Swift is a mythical Amazon.

It’s common comic-world knowledge that Wonder Woman comes from a physiologically gifted line of female warriors known as Amazons, known for their tall stature. Swift stands at a well-above-average 5’11”, which scored her modeling gigs as a pre-pop star Tennessee teen. Based on the mythical Amazons of ancient Greek lore, the DC Amazons are ruled by the fictional Queen Hippolyta (and mother of Wonder Woman), whose hair morphs from a dark to flaxen shade with the evolution of the series. Swift, an obvious blondie, could easily be a long-lost descendant of these badass warrier ladies.

The resemblance is totally there. Source: jlumux.com

The resemblance is totally there. Source: jlumux.com

2. Swift takes out foes with her own Lasso of Truth.

One of the reasons why the video for “Blank Space” and the song itself have been praised is that Taylor has taken media criticism of her dating history and thrown it right back into their proverbial faces. She’s in on the joke that she’s dated around Tinseltown and the movie and music industries, with lines like “Got a long list of ex-lovers / They’ll tell you i’m insane”. Tay looks the bull straight in the mouth and flashes her own lipsticked smirk because she’s unafraid of reality like that. Similarly, Wonder Woman’s Golden Lasso forces anyone it wraps itself around to obey her wishes and tell the truth. It’s a pretty perfect metaphor for how T-Swift maintains her hold on the music industry and blocks out the haters.

Everyday iPhone earbuds or Tay's Magic Lasso? Source: yournextshoes.com

Everyday iPhone earbuds or Tay’s Magic Lasso? Source: yournextshoes.com

3. Tay-Tay has a healing factor as a superheroine ability.

A healing factor is commonly known as a fictional superhero or superheroine’s ability to, well, heal themselves — but at a totally rapid, superhuman rate. It’s one of Wonder Woman’s key abilities and secrets to her strength, and all sources point to the fact that T has been #blessed with this in real life. Despite the massive media scrutiny surrounding her very public breakups with a significantly younger Harry Styles of One Direction and a hella older John Mayer, she has kept her cool and managed to not undergo a Britney shaved-head episode circa 2007 (side note: we don’t blame you, Brit). Despite the emotional trauma that these breakups must have caused the 24-year-old, she kept on truckin’ and went on to earn close to $40 million in 2013.

Wonder if Taylor keeps her cash stash in here? Source: sf-collectables.co.uk

Wonder if Taylor keeps her cash stash in here? Source: sf-collectables.co.uk

4. T has a not-so-secret weakness.

Like all superheroes and superheroines, Tay herself has also made some career faux-pas when it comes to her otherworldly (songwriting) abilities. She’s come under fierce fire from music critics and feminist bloggers alike for relying substantially on her own dating life for song material, making her catalogue into a mass of teen-friendly sweet-as-pie/I’m-ripping-my-picture-from-my-locker-door heterosexual love ballads. It’s true that his has been a creative crutch of hers that has made some of her work pretty bland and predictable, but she’s acknowledged that it’s there and that she’s growing up, too. In the late 1960s, Wonder Woman chooses to revoke her abilities and not accompany her Amazon sistren into another dimension, choosing instead to operate on a pseudo-human level in the “Man’s World”. But she’s still proactive, acquiring a mentor from the Far East who hones her fighting skills. This is proof that both Wonder Woman and T-Swift are able to “Shake it Off” and move past their moments of weakness.

Swift has proved that she's good at getting herself out of her own jams. Source: marionharmon.com

Swift has proved that she’s good at getting herself out of her own jams. Source: marionharmon.com

5. T-Swift, like Wonder Woman, favors a signature red lip.

What’s the last thing you would want your nemeses to see before you knock them out in the name of justice? A flying, cherry-red blur just as they see stars, of course! From the Golden Age to The New 52, Diana has been outfitted in primary colors and bright-red boots to complement the hue of her lips. Besides her voluminous dark hair, her lip shade has been one of her trademarks. Like Wonder Woman, Tay has favored a 20th-century “retro” aesthetic when it comes to her look, and this wouldn’t be complete without a red lip. Perhaps it’s a vestige of when she went all “1950s Rhode Island summer trust-fund kid” slash “Daisy Buchanan reincarnate” circa the H-Stylez era, but who’s keeping track? She looks old-school glamorous wherever she sports the shade, much like her superheroine counterpart that has sported similarly classic looks since 1941.

Mega classic babe. Source: jackizehner.com

Mega classic babe. Source: jackizehner.com

6. Wonder Woman can get into country-girl mode, too.

Behold this still from Lynda Carter’s historic portrayal of Wonder Woman in the late-1970s TV series. Perched atop a horse amidst mountains that could easily be in America’s South, Diana is ever-strong and looks amusingly at home in such a rural setting. Since it’s been well-circulated that T grew up wholesomely on a Christmas-tree farm in Tennessee, we bet these two gals would be the best of world-saving pals.

T's down-homegirl. Source: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

T’s down-homegirl. Source: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

7. Taylor Swift has borrowed part of Wonder Woman’s moniker for herself.

In 2011, Tay launched her first perfume in conjunction with well-known cosmetics manufacturer Elizabeth Arden, and that perfume was called nothing other than “Wonderstruck”. Yeah, yeah, so some would say that it’s an obvious allusion to a line in her 2010 single “Enchanted“. But is it really a coincidence? Not to go all Illuminati-conspiracy-theorist on you, but we think not.

"I'm Wonder [Woman], blushing all the way home"... right? Source: theperfumeshop.com

“I’m Wonder [Woman], blushing all the way home”… right? Source: theperfumeshop.com

There you have it. Taylor Swift = Wonder Woman. Do you agree?