DC Comics 101: Who are the New Gods?

The two most powerful beings in the universe clash, with the fate of all known existence in peril in the first volume of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s Justice League epic “Darkseid War,” which arrives in comic shops today. However, the title of the book doesn’t tell the whole story. While the expansive storyline does feature a shocking battle between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, it’s really a look at super hero comics as modern myth, and at its heart are the New Gods.

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It may not earn you a spot on the Justice League Dark, but the new Justice League Tarot Deck by DC Collectibles will sure spark plenty of conversations between you and your friends. We’ve rounded up five new cards from the deck to exclusively reveal to you. While we were at it, we spoke to artist Sara Richard about this unusual new DC Collectibles project, how she came to be a part of it and which Justice Leaguer she’d most like to give a reading to.

Big Barda

Some follow a philosophy of speaking softly and carrying a big stick. Big Barda does not. Instead, she lives up to her name with her awe-inspiring height and power as well as the impact she leaves on her enemies.

Taken from her mother at an early age, Barda grew up on Apokolips in Granny Goodness's "Orphanage" where she was trained in the art of battle. Barda relished fighting and enjoyed besting anyone that challenged her. Her sheer power and unparalleled skills in combat quickly made her the most feared Apokoliptian warrior of all time—an incredible feat to accomplish on a world that bred the most terrifying, cruel and malicious fighters in the Multiverse. Barda's abilities and take-charge attitude even allowed her to become the leader of the Female Furies, a ferocious and powerful group of warriors who served as the personal guard to Apokolips's tyrannical ruler, Darkseid. Barda served Darkseid for many years—until she met Mister Miracle. The two fell in love and Barda began questioning Darkseid’s cruelty and totalitarian philosophy. Eventually, she fled to Earth, battling her way through the hordes of Apokolips and her former allies—defeating them all.

Barda continues to share a close and romantic relationship with Mister Miracle, despite their contrasting personalities. Whereas Mister Miracle is more peaceful and kind, Barda loves to fight and relishes battle. She's the brawn to his brain, and as the more powerful of the two, tends to be very protective of him.

As a New God, Barda possesses immense levels of enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina and more. Barda is also a master of multiple forms of combat and an expert swordswoman, capable of fighting even Wonder Woman to a stand-still. Her height alone makes her one of the tallest and most intimidating heroes in the universe. Along with her physical capabilities, Barda wears Apokoliptian armor that enhances her impressive abilities and wields the Mega-Rod, which may look small but packs a punch that could level mountains. As a high-tech weapon, the Mega-Rod fires powerful concussive bolts, increases gravitational forces and allows Barda to instantaneously teleport herself and others great distances.

DC All Access - Ep 221 - Best DC Cosplay Comic-Con San Diego 2014

Check out the best DC cosplayer costumes from San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

 
Featuring:
YaYa Han as Zatanna - @YaYaHan
Kimi as Big Barda - @GoldenLassoGirl 
Chrissy Lynn as Zatanna - @MissChrissyLyn
Vegas PG as Batgirl - @VegasPG
&
Mac Beauvais as Poison Ivy - @strangelikethat 
Christina Garlisch as Batwoman - @christinaeats
Michelle D'Antonio as The Flash - @Missyeru 
Dina Kampmeyer as Lois Lane - @ladysteam13 
Joanna Metz as Wonder Woman - @gaiadove
Ashley Hay as Mera - @HeyKannaya 
Wendy Sonali as Arisia @Miss_Wendybird
Krystal Flores as Catwoman - @donnatroy 
Kit Quinn as Harley Quinn - @MissKitQuinn
Christina Tellifson as Black Canary - @BoobaFett83
Daisy Viktoria as Joker's Daughter - @daisyviktoria 
Samantha Terry as Batgirl - @Ones_and_Zeros 
Melinda as Hawkgirl - @watchttower
Elisa Teague as Stargirl- @GeekyPinup

Batman Beyond (1999 - 2001)

 As the new Batman, Terry has all the high-tech gear and gadgets he needs, plus Bruce Wayne's research skills and instincts. Season Three became the final season for the series, as Terry joined forces with the JLU (Justice League Unlimited). 

 
Voice Talent: 
Will Friedle
Kevin Conroy
Stockard Channing
Sherman Howard
Lauren Tom
Seth Green
Teri Garr
Ryan O'Donahue
Mari Devon
Producers: 
Alan Burnett
Paul Dini
Bruce Timm
Executive Producers: 
Jean MacCurdy
Genre: 
Action
Adventure
Drama
Science Fiction
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