Fandom starts young for many people, but sometimes kids catch me off guard. I know they are exposed to super heroes through comics and cartoons at an early age, but because I didn't start finding my way to the world of super heroes and villains until I was an adult, I occasionally forget that you’re never too young to be a Batman fan. With all the different mediums of storytelling at their fingertips, kids can become experts before they hit double digits. That's the case with 10-year-old Mason Fujikawa.
FUTURE QUEST, the first series to debut from DC’s new line of Hanna-Barbera comics, is all about bringing the action heroes of Hanna-Barbera animation together, in many cases for the first time ever. Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, Birdman, the Herculoids, the Galaxy Trio and more must team up to face a powerful threat that will take their combined effort and the unique skills of each and every one of them to bring down. It’s such a powerful, easily understood concept that it’s surprising no one’s done it before. It just makes so much sense.
This July will see the “Rebirth” of a new bimonthly Justice League featuring perennial favorites like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash, along with not one, but two rookie Green Lanterns. In fact, the only thing more impressive than the team on the page may be the team behind it. Written by current JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA writer and artist Bryan Hitch and drawn by Tony S.
It may not be set within the DC Universe or have anything to do with this summer’s “Rebirth.” But THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN is equally essential reading. Written by Renae De Liz and drawn by De Liz along with Ray Dillon, the series is a reimagining of Wonder Woman’s origin that’s driven by De Liz’s reputation as a gifted fantasy writer (she’s adapted both Peter Pan and The Last Unicorn as graphic novels) and bolstered by Dillon’s vibrant colors.
Gotham is…Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Or rather, it has been for the past five years. Since helping to relaunch Batman in 2011 as a part of The New 52, the writer and artist team have continued to spin tales of the Dark Knight through The Court of Owls, Death of the Family, Zero Year, Superheavy and more. Their impact on Batman and his family of heroes is substantial. And sadly, it’s about to end.
Tonight’s episode of The Flash, “Back to Normal,” may focus on the now powerless Barry Allen. But it’s also an important episode for this season’s Harrison “Harry” Wells. The Earth-2 doppelganger of last season’s primary villain, Harry’s not really a likable character. He’s curt, unpleasant and often selfish, yet nevertheless, he’s managed to serve as an important ally for Team Flash.
The show may be called DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but tonight’s episode introduces one from the past—the badly scarred bounty hunter known as Jonah Hex. Played to two-fisted perfection by actor Johnathan Schaech, Hex helps the crew of the Waverider deal with a sticky situation, while also imparting some surprisingly important information. (No, it’s not to remember to keep their powder dry.)
At some point in our life, we’ve all read a Superman comic, seen a Superman movie or watched a Superman cartoon or TV show. With a history that now extends over 75 years, we likely know the Man of Steel better than we know some of our friends and family. We know all about his life, his friends and his enemies. We know his powers and we know his history. In fact, there’s very little about Superman that we don’t know.
Who says you need to be kind to be inspirational? Certainly not Cat Grant, the National City media mogul played to perfection by Calista Flockhart on Supergirl. As the C.E.O. of CatCo, Cat runs her company with the precision of a stiletto heel. She demands perfection of her employees and is quick and easy with the pointed remarks and threats of termination when she doesn’t get it. But harsh as they may be, her methods work.