New comics Wednesday springs forth once more my comic collecting cohorts, and this week heralds the start of DC’s highly anticipated Bombshells variant month. Bombshells takes classic DC characters and melds them with a 40’s World War 2 era art style to great effect. The cover spotlight this week falls upon this stunning Emanuela Lupacchino variant of Detective Comics #43, depicting Gotham’s resident crossbow wielding, costumed crime-fighter – The Huntress, performing her classic 1940’s hit “My Crossbow… Your Heart!”
Detective Comics #43 is available at your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul. Cover by: Francis Manapul. Alternate cover by: Emanuela Lupacchino. Interior art by: Fernando Blanco.
This August DC Comics will drop Bombshells on an unsuspecting public, with these amazing variant covers inspired by vintage World War 2 style artwork. This follows on from June 2014’s extremely popular Bombshell variant run, which saw the alternate cover comics become very scarce and highly sought after collectables, this time they are taking the design run even further, by adding character statues and an ongoing digital comic series entitled “DC Comics’ Bombshells”.
DC Bombshells #1 will follow the adventures of Batwoman, Supergirl and Wonder Woman as they take the fight to the axis of evil on the front lines of World War II. The first issue of DC Bombshells will be available digitally on August 12, and throughout August every major DC comic release will also ship with a variant version of the cover, and judging by how successful the previous run was, these will sell out extremely fast. So why not head on down to your nearest comic book emporium and reserve yourself a Bombshell today, you won’t regret it.
Well this is awesome, Sideshow Collectibles once again show their superior sculpting skills with this amazingly lifelike statue of Kryptonian – Power Girl, aka Kara Zor-EL. Kara hails from the alternate dimension of Earth 2, where she is known as Supergirl, after being stranded on Earth One with her best friend and fellow Superhero The Huntress, she changed her name to Power Girl/Karen Starr to differentiate herself from Earth One’s resident Supergirl. Cousin to Superman with the same powers, PG is one of DC Comic’s most enduring and beloved characters.
Sideshow’s premium format statue follows hot on the heels of last month’s Wonder Woman statue and is equally as gorgeous. Designed by the extremely talented Stanley Lau, this amazingly detailed statue stands at an impressive 21 inches in height.
Sculpted in polystone by the very talented team of Andy Bergholtz, Mark Newman, Earl Ellis and Joe Menna, with the meticulous paintwork by Kat Sapene and Mireya Romo-Bowen. Sideshow are the kings of statue makers, Power Girl is limited 3000 statues worldwide and is also available in an even more exclusive limited variant edition with an interchangeable head.
We are huge fans of Power Girl here at the Precinct, you may recognise her as our header image for the website, so it goes without saying that we will probably have to get this at some point (as soon as our wallets recover from the expense of the Sideshow collectibles Wonder Woman purchase) Sideshow pre-orders begin November 13th, so if you like the look of this stunning statue head on over to their site PG fans.
Welcome back fellow collectors to part 3 of our regular look at Japanese toy and statue manufacturer extraordinaire – Kotobukiya. This time we shall be focusing on the amazing double team of Power Girl and her best friend and partner in crime-fighting, The Huntress.
Earth 2 superheroes Power Girl and the Huntress are two of DC comics most popular female characters, after being pulled through a dimensional rift and ending up on the parallel world of Earth 1, Kara and Helena must make a new life for themselves whilst also fighting crime and attempting to find a way back home.
Power Girl, Kara Zor-L, is beautifully sculpted by Tsukada Takashi from an original design by the amazing Shunya Yamashita. The statue stands at 1/7 scale, approximately 9″ and as ever is rife with detail, Kara is dressed in her fan favourite outfit and is posed dynamically with her red cape seemingly billowing behind her. The actual design of the character, especially the face, very much reminds us of previous Power Girl artist Amanda Conner’s classic take on the character…for us Amanda Conner will always be ‘THE’ Power Girl artist (though we did also enjoy replacement artist Kenneth Rocafort’s version)
The Huntress, Helena Wayne, also stands at 9″ in height and was sculpted by Masahiro Takashi. Cape and hair flowing in the wind, Helena stands with one foot on a gargoyle staring softly from behind her mask. The costume is amazingly detailed replete with armoured boots, utility belt and her iconic staff. Once more, as ever Kotobukiya have outdone themselves with this piece just exuding beauty and power, the eyes are especially amazing on this statue and are reflective of the quality craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece from Kotobukiya. As separate statues, Kara and Helena are amazing but if you can afford both, they definitely are – the Worlds’ Finest.
NUMBER 6 is: Power Girl.
Power Girl was created by Gerry Conway and Wally Wood and was first introduced in All Star comics #58 in January of 1976, she is from the alternate reality of Earth 2 where she was known as Supergirl. Her origin story has varied over the years but currently is the same as her equivalent Earth one counterpart, when her parents learn that their planet-Krypton 2 was going to be destroyed they sent Kara Zor-L (PG’s real name) to Earth in a capsule to escape the destruction. At the same time her cousin Kal-El..Superman was also being put aboard his own escape capsule by his parents, though they left at relatively the same time Kara’s pod took longer to reach Earth 2.
There have been differing versions of what happened after this event in the comics, but the current story as told by the reboot New 52 version is that Earth 2 is attacked by the Apokolips ruler and God-like being of Darkseid, during this struggle the alternate versions of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are killed and Kara and her friend..fellow crime fighter Helena Wayne (known as the Huntress and daughter of Earth 2’s Batman and Catwoman) are thrown into a dimensional rift and end up on Earth one. Discovering that another Supergirl exists in this dimension PG changes her name to Karen Starr and renames herself Power Girl.
Though they are essentially the same character, the differences between Power Girl and Supergirl are many, PG is physically bigger than Supergirl and is a few years older and a lot less naive. Running her own billion dollar business, PG spends her off time fighting crime alongside the Huntress in the monthly World’s Finest comic-book.