DC Collectibles continues the celebration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary this week with another set of action figures featuring some of the most iconic looks of everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader. If this set follows the design of the previous boxed set, we should see the four figures in their own commemorative tins in a larger display box. The looks DC is showcasing this time around are from Alex Ross’ “Justice”, the New 52 Greg Capullo design, Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Returns” and the classic 1970’s animated “Super Friends” TV show. Joining Batman this week from DC Collectibles are a pair of statues from two of DC’s ongoing statue series. Harley Quinn makes another appearance in the “Cover Girls of the DC Universe” line designed by Stanley Artgerm Lau and features her classic outfit. David Finch, current artist of Wonder Woman contributes his interpretation of the Amazing Amazon in the “Wonder Woman: Art of War” series.
Dropping from DC Comics proper this week is “The Trial of Oliver Queen,” the third collection of Mike Grell’s “Green Arrow” run from the 1980s. Never before collected, these stories present Oliver and his lady love Dinah Lance dealing with gritty street level crime while leaving Star City behind for Seattle. Gone were the trick arrows and Dinah’s sonic scream and everything was more realistic. The series was groundbreaking for its time as it featured mature themes and language and eventually paved the way for DC to create an imprint for that audience called Vertigo. Certain elements from this run definitely influenced the earlier seasons of the “Arrow” TV series. DC is back with their regular titles after the two-month “Convergence” event and is proving that everything old is new again as they are returning Oliver Queen to Seattle in this week’s Green Arrow #41 featuring a new creative team that promises to turn GA’s world on its head all over again.
Kotobukiya releases a color variation on last week’s Marvel Now ARTFX Deadpool statue- this time featuring him in his grey and black X-Force outfit as an exclusive to comic book shops thru Diamond.
I’ve discussed the Black Canary for the last three columns now and she is my favorite DC character, however this time I am going to turn the tables and talk about one of my favorite Marvel characters- the Black Widow. Natasha Romanoff first appeared as an antagonist to Iron Man in Tales of Suspense #52 but eventually became a heroine. Widow was always on my radar but I didn’t really fall in love with the character until I saw Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal in the original “Avengers” film. Her opening scene fighting the mob while mostly tied to her chair was almost certainly a callback to Drew Barrymore in the “Charlie’s Angels” film, but she made it her own. I was so in love with the Black Widow after the movie that I ended up buying the Hot Toys version of her from that film and I haven’t really curbed my Hot Toys habit yet. As far as Black Widow collectibles go, we currently have the Marvel Select comic book version action figure and the Eaglemoss Chess piece. Hopefully hitting within the next couple of weeks will be Marvel Select’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Black Widow figure based on Scarlett’s likeness in the recent film. I will definitely let you know in this column when she comes out.