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Putting Out The Fire With Gasoline: Meet the Superwomen of DC Comics’ “Gotham City Garage”

Gotham City Garage Statues from DC Collectibles – Wonder Woman as you’ve never seen her before!

DC Collectibles has been adding to their Gotham City Garage statue series over the last few years and showcasing them at Toy Fair and Comic Con. SkeletonPete knew I’d fall in love with them. He knows me too well. I was instantly drawn to these gorgeous sculptures, these beautiful superwomen on motorcycles, in particular, Wonder Woman, my childhood hero.

When I saw these DC heroines reimagined as fierce biker chicks, I could instantly envision a live action or animated series set in this universe. Shortly thereafter, creators Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly announced their plan for a comic book series of the same name. I couldn’t wait to dive in and that’s unusual for me, as I’m not typically a comic book collector. Well played, DC. Mission accomplished. You reeled me in… and at 99 cents per digital download, it was an investment I was more than happy to make.

Gotham City Garage Variant Cover featuring Wonder Woman


“I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.” – Diana of Themyscira
(Wonder Woman – 2017 Film)

 

Starting with Hope…

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where our legendary DC heroes are half-remembered dreams, myths to most, and Lex Luthor reigns supreme, Kara Gordon (yes, she should sound familiar) longs for better days. She imagines her childhood hero – who happens to be the same as mine – fighting for the downtrodden, the oppressed, and the helpless, meting out justice.

However, it seems Wonder Woman can only be found the pages of Kara’s contraband comic books. Diana, Princess of the Amazons, does not exist in her world. There is no Justice League. There is no justice… not in this gray, numb existence in Gotham City… or rather The Garden, as Lex has renamed it – a place where you accept his love or suffer the consequences.

In this bleak world, Lex controls the masses with nanotechnology – brain implants (similar in concept to the caps worn by humans in The Tripods, or think of the evil Federation in Blake’s 7  controlling the populace with drugs – but I digress, as I often do…). A RoboCop looking army called The Gardeners, resembling none other than Batman, patrols the streets, keeping the sleep-walking city residents in check.

Kara, a compassionate tech, not unlike her sister before her, learns her father, Jim Gordon, has been keeping a secret from her. Before he is able to reveal too much, he and his daughter come under attack. He urges her to leave, to run to the sky. Lex sets his army loose on Kara, and heeding her father’s words, she runs for it, leaping across rooftops to reach for the sky. Dodging a hail of bullets and leaping through the protective dome encasing The Garden, she narrowly escapes… and in doing so, discovers her powers… and the world beyond The Garden.

Gotham City Garage Cover featuring Harley Quinn

 

Live Free, Die Hard – Meet our Road Warriors…

In the wasteland outside the dome, Kara encounters a group of Furiosa-like rebels. This is a chance to see your favorite DC heroines (and villains) in a completely different light. Never assume anything in Gotham City Garage. Here, the good guys aren’t always good and the bad guys… well… see for yourself.

The women of Gotham City Garage are freedom loving outlaws, anti-heroes, engaged in an ongoing struggle against tyranny and oppression — fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves. This is an amazingly odd, but fascinating, team up — Big Barda alongside Silver Banshee, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn – presumably with more familiar faces to come, but I take it at face value and go along for the ride.

Andy Says – A Hell of a Thrill Ride… 

Brian Ching does the art for the first issue and is followed by Lynne Yoshii for issue #2 and the series will have rotating artists from the DC Talent Development Workshop.

Each issue of Gotham City Garage is divided into two installments or chapters. Each installment is a fast-paced, action-packed roller coaster ride. Creators Kelly and Lanzig deliver a huge dose of girl power in these quick shots (Did you say female empowerment? Yes please, may I have another?) and I, for one, cannot be happier. This series is a well-written, engaging, shot of adrenaline that leaves you wanting more. And yes, after only three installments, I definitely want to see this in animated form (at least). Make it so, DC!

Gotham City Garage debuted on August 16th, 2017, and the first three installments of this digital series are available for download via the DC Comics App, readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, ComiXology, Google Play, Kindle Store and Nook Store, with new issues released bi-weekly, then weekly, with full issues coming out in print starting in October 2017.

 

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Kotobukiya 2016 ArtFX+ “Pre-Veals”

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Kotobukiya’s ARTFX+ rendition of “Batman Vs. Superman” much anticipated face off. (Photo courtesy of Kotobukiya)

kotobukiya, batman vs. superman, dawn of justice, dc comicsThe Toy Industry Association’s 2016 New York Fair is just a month away and things are heating up in Toyland. That includes some interesting “pre-veals” that have recently found their way into the SkeletonPete mailbox.

Punch Brothers…
We just received a communique from collectible figure artisans Kotobukiya unveiling their spectacular Dawn of Justice tableau with DC Comics icons Superman and Batman locked in combat. The ARTFX+ creation, scheduled for May 2016 release, is actually two individual 1/10 scale statues that fit together at the base to form the battle scene.
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Got Game? Dark Horse’s New “Thrones” Collectibles

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Dark Horse Deluxe Statue portrays Daenerys and Drogon in a rare relaxed moment.


Dark Horse continues their roll out of exceptional Game of Thrones collectibles and in honor of the 5th season premiere of that mega-popular HBO epic, it seems appropriate to post a gallery of some of the series related items currently available and those just on the horizon.

Hang Time…
I thought Dark Horse’s original Daenerys bust (with baby dragon perched on her shoulder) was un-toppable but this new limited edition takes things to a whole new level. In the midst of so many amazing things displayed at New York Toy Fair 2015, the prototype of Dark Horse’s Deanerys and Drogon statue was a stop-you-in-your-tracks attention getter. Evoking a calm before the storm moment – just a girl and her pet hanging out – the massive 18” long x 14” wide showpiece comes prepainted and will be available in July 2015. Pre-orders are probably a smart move as previous Deluxe editions, like Jon Snow and Ghost, have quickly sold out.
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Steely Clan…
If July is too far away, fans of Brienne of Tarth can get her visage in statue form starting this Wednesday, April 15. The 13″ tall statue is a finely detailed Gentle Giant Studios sculpt that portrays the warrior in fierce fighting pose wielding Oathkeeper her spell-forged sword of Valyrian steel. Brienne is limited to a casting of 950.

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Brienne brandishes Oathkeeper her spell-forged sword.

In addition to these high end deluxe offerings Dark Horse has Game of Thrones collectibles in every price range, including crests, coffee cups, and moderately priced production figures.

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Camilla d’Errico & Dark Horse Create “No Ordinary” Collectible

Camilla d'Errico's "No Ordinary Love" Limited Edition Statuette


Delicate Doppelganger
There were lots of exciting new items at Dark Horse Comics’ Toy Fair 2012 booth. Along with their Mass Effect Reaper prototype, they also offered a first look at the upcoming Camilla d’Errico sculptural bust.

The piece is based on the painting “No Ordinary Love”, which can be found in the d’Errico art book Femina and Fauna, also produced by Dark Horse. Camilla’s work reminds me of a blend between Margaret Keene’s iconic 60’s doe-eyed waifs and 70’s TV Anime. As the book title suggests she often juxtaposes ethereal young ladies with some unexpected wildlife eliciting a placid, though equally disquieting, beauty. If I simply described this fantasy portrait you might imagine a tentacle enrobed, raven caressing, bride of Cthulu. Thankfully my photos reflect something quite the opposite and answer the question “Can you fall in love with a girly wearing a calamari as a chapeau?” with a rousing affirmative.

Dark Horse Product Development Manager Chris Gaslin told me that the sculpt was done by Gentle Giant Studios with d’Errico supervising the prototyping. They’ve created a masterful work imbued with the detail and delicacy of the original painting. The 8 inch tall, 5 inch wide, statue will be produced in a limited edition of 950 copies for worldwide distribution. Each will be hand-numbered and collector boxed, with a certificate of authenticity. Expected release date is June 2012. Dark Horse also plans Helmetgirls a second helping of Camilla’s paintings for July publication.

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