May 19, 2016

Meet The Flintstones!

The Flintstones are back!


Following the new Scooby-Doo series as an example, this new DC title is also not for kids.


        


When The Flintstones was first released, back in the 60's, it was used as an allegory to the American way of life, to criticize what was going on then. The world has changed a lot, it's true, but the pre-historical family, and all the Bedrock's citizens, can still be seen as mirrors to our society. And that's what DC is going to do!

Why do we get married? Why do we work more than we have fun? Why do our lives sometimes seem to be so meaningless? Well, the answer for those and other questions you'll find in the new Flintstones' title. In a delightful funny critical way, we'll see aspects of our daily routine through the point of views of the characters we love.


They are all going to be there: Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Dino, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. So, you'd better be there too!



Future Quest: Your Favorite Heroes Together


Have you ever imagined your favorite Saturday morning cartoon heroes together in a big adventure? Well, DC Comics did and that's what you're getting when you buy the 1st issue of Future Quest.

        

It's an epic adventure in the future with the Hanna-Barbera characters we love joining forces for the first time. When Johnny Quest and his adoptive brother Hadji make a discovery in the swamplands of Florida that put them in facing a dangerous villain with enough power to endanger the galaxy, the boys have no other option but to look for help. That's when Space Ghost, The Herculoids, Birdman, Frankenstein Jr., The Impossibles, The Galaxy Trio and Mightor come together to help defeat this menace. And what readers have is an unforgettable adventure, full of adrenaline, that will bring back your beloved childhood memories.

        





Scooby-Doo for Grown-Ups



As you may know Scooby-Doo is getting a new series. Not on TV this time. The comic book world is getting a new title with the meddling kids and their dog: Scooby-Doo Apocalypse. And the adventure is not for kids anymore.

 

In this new series, Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma are young adults who join forces once again. This time to face real supernatural beings and survive. The world is not the same: Apocalypse has happened and rules about logic do not apply anymore. To live, and survive, this new reality the team has to get on board of the new Mystery Machine and fight the new threats while looking for a safe haven.

 


It's a controversial approach on the characters. Jim Lee knew it when he designed the new idea and the first drafts for what it would be. However, he also knew the public that grew watching Scooby-Doo is not the same. It is the public that watch Walking Dead and Game of Thrones nowadays. He wanted us to feel the new vibe by putting the characters we love in a new, hostile environment. And, let's face it, Warner has been putting the character in worse situations! Just check on Scooby and Shaggy got a clue and Be cool, Scooby-Doo... It's just so bad! 


I just hope people enjoy this new concept! :-)


May 17, 2016

DC Comics Rebirth - Meet Supergirl


It's known DC is always ready to bring, or adapt, a formula, or character, that works on its TV Shows to the Comic Book's universe. Some of the examples are Batgirl, Harley Quinn and Chloe Sullivan. Now it's the time for Supergirl.

Ok, Supergirl was born in Action Comics #252 in 1959, I know. However, for the Rebirth relaunch, DC is using some aspects of Supergirl's critically acclaimed TV show (now with a second season ready to go in a new channel. See HERE).


After having her series, again, cancelled last year, Kara will have her 7th chance to impress readers. This time Supergirl will be working with the DEO (Department of Extranormal Operations) to defend National City. Now she'll have to balance her life as Kara Danvers, a high school student, and as a superhero, continuing the legacy of her cousin.

What we know so far is that some demons from her Kryptonian past will be back to haunt her and Kara will be facing some tough choices. The art for the character will bring her close to the actress Melissa Benoit's looks in the show. Just compare:





Are you ready for Supergirl's new adventures?

Batgirl Rebirth


Batgirl was one of the greatest successes of the New 52 relaunch. Although in the beginning people got a little upset with the end of Barbara Gordon's Oracle's career, since she was the poster girl for the disabled community. 

Honestly, I love Barbara a lot and even though I enjoyed Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, I believed Commissioner Gordon's daughter is the real suit owner. It was good to have her back and Gail Simone crafted some of the best stories the character has ever been to.



Was I happy when Simone left the title? No. Did I like what happened next? Kinda, sorta. Babs Tarr approach to Barbara turned her into a girl indeed. Her outfit was more like a real world vigilante suit and the stories left Simone's gloomy side. Although it gained in art approach, it lost a lot in plot. Batgirl of Burningside was designed for a young crowd and her debut selfie cover is already iconic. Was it enough for such an incredible character, though?

DC REBIRTH is here to correct the mistakes. It seems that, by taking Barbara out of Burningside, Batgirl's stories will have a more serious tone, although keeping the great art concept. Now Barbara will be backpacking in Asia, where she goes to recover from the Battle of Burningside. Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque will join forces to create intriguing plots, with an indie feel to it. And Barbara has another title to call her own.


The new title, Batgirl & the Birds of Prey, makes it clear who the star of the series is. There's a new criminal operating in Gotham and it took over Barbara's previous alias, Oracle. Batgirl needs the help of Black Canary and Huntress to face this new threat and although Babs is calling the shots, she'll learn Huntress has a temper and can't be tamed that easily.

Concept for Huntress and Black Canary


Are you ready for Batgirl's new adventures?