Amazing Kids! Magazine

A Review of DC Comics’ DCSG Webisodes (Second Half of Season 1)

By Sarina Patel, Jr. Assistant Editor and Comic Hub Co-Editor

 

Title Sequence

As the eighth episode of DC Superhero Girls (DCSG) begins, we are treated to the same explosive title sequence—colorful silhouettes of America’s favorite animated girls. From Wonder Woman to Batgirl, from Poison Ivy to Katana; each superheroine appears as a reminder that the spotlight centers on the females in these vibrant and comical webisodes.

Designing Disaster

Within a few seconds, we are transported to the familiar world of colorful animations and sketches straight out of the comics…until Wonder Woman snags her stretchy bubblegum cape on, bringing us back to the disillusioning reality that even our flying clumsy klutzes are gravity-prone at DCSG. It’s the show’s way of saying: “Welcome back to school!” Did I miss you, Superhero Girls? Yes. Did I miss the urge to constantly face-palm as our girls crashed, smashed, and slipped towards the end of their superhero assessments with a squeal of embarrassment? No.

We open the episode to see Wonder Woman examine her new superhero suit, frowning critically in the mirror as those punning deviants she calls friends eagerly point out how wonderful her dress is; and how amazing it looks (a throwback to her briefly-mentioned Amazonian heritage). What they don’t say is how utterly un-Wonder Woman her dress is. Gone are the signature primary colors, the golden shoulder plates, the falcon-emblazoned red blouse. Instead, America’s original female savior is decked out in a collared bubblegum cape (so stiff and high that it brings back memories of Maleficent), a gaudy gold headband with the letter W, and blue, star-spangled spandex that remind us of the aerobics craze in the 80s. All this is an evident (although hilarious) repercussion of what happens when you let your friends redecorate your outfits.

As a result, she fails to pass the superhero drill—snagging her cape on the lockers, stumbling down the stairs in clunky high heels, and tripping on her face when she tries to liftoff. Naturally, all this happens in front of the entire school. Way to go, Wonder Woman!

On a serious note, this simplistic and adorable episode highlights that superheroines are their most feminine in their own skin, where they are both beautiful and practical. ‘Designing Disaster’ also offers the caped wonders a bit of much-needed advice: comfort wins over fashion every time.

I give Designing Disaster 5 out of 5 stars.

Weaponomics

Wonder Woman and Cheetah have never been the best of friends. Scratch that—the only thing they’ve been the best of is enemies. Cheetah has succeeded with her plots to sabotage Wonder Woman’s project. This time, however, she’s dealing in a sharper subject matter: weapons. In the smartly-named class of Weaponomics (a portmanteau of Weapons and Economics, created to fit the needs of the weapon-wielding students at Super Hero High), the spotted conspirator and her sneaky accomplice Catwoman during Wonder Woman’s examination cause the poor professor to spout some embarrassing secrets about his private life in front of the entire class. This humiliation results in a detention for the flustered Amazonian princess, who desperately points out that, ‘Cheetah did it!’

At this point in the season, we’ve endured scenes of Hawkwoman wielding a red-hot mace and Poison Ivy’s plants slithering sky-high, but ironically, this is the most unbelievable part—no witness speaks up for Wonder Woman. Cheetah’s flimsy defense and Catwoman’s shameless grin at Wonder Woman’s accusation will only amplify your confusion. The scene isn’t ambiguous—Cheetah raised one clawed hand and pitched the microphone at the lasso, causing it to tighten around the teacher. I guess it boils down to the word of the fastest and most graceful girl at school to the word of the butter-fingered blue-haired new addition who bombs all of her tests. Oh well. It’s nothing new.

Bonus points for Catwoman’s first appearance in the spotlight (even if she is a comrade of Cheetah’s) and for the teacher’s hilarious confessions. Because, as we all know, competitive ballroom dancing is so scandalous.

I give ‘Weaponomics’ 4 stars out of 5.

Club Life

Talented botanist and social butterfly Poison Ivy is compelled to join a club by school requirements, and when she does, finds herself acting like ‘one of the girls’ in the best example of friendship TV has to offer.

After window-shopping at the Metropolis Junior Detective Society (run by Bumblebee and Barbara), browsing at the United Planets Club (run by Starfire, Wonder Woman, and Miss Martian), and getting blasted with a wall of sound (coming from Katana, Beast Boy, and Cheetah; all of whom are jamming out at the Band Club), Poison Ivy decides to follow her forte, biology, and pick the science club—where she befriends sweet scientist Barry Allen/The Flash, amicable leader Killer Frost, romantic sap Star Sapphire, and valiant Green Lantern. Things might just be looking up for our wallflower (pun intended).

‘Club Life’ deserves 5 out of 5 stars for helping Poison Ivy discover her strengths.

‘Hero of the Month: Bumblebee’

The latest episode lets us know that it’s Bumblebee’s time to shine. There’s nothing particularly interesting about this episode; it’s just a flashback to her greatest successes at Super Hero High—from shrinking into a small insect to save car keys from falling in the gutter, to swooping in and carrying a rock-climber that slipped off the edge of a cliff to safety.

Some of the students’ recommendations are little more than compliments: Wonder Woman’s well-intentioned shout: “SHE LIKES MUSIC! LOUD MUSIC!” as Bumblebee dances around her room to a blaring beat; and Harley Quinn’s compliment: “Ha! Bumblebee’s funny, so funny!” show the audience how little the freshmen know about true heroism. This concept will no doubt be capitalized upon in Season 2.

At the end of the day, Bumblebee still prevails as the most affable and underrated hero depicted at Super Hero High. ‘Hero of the Month: Bumblebee’ gets 5 stars out of 5 stars.

Saving the Day

After Wonder Woman models her new and improved suit to the class, she flounces back to her seat. Before she can sit down, however, the alarm blares—signaling Wonder Woman to gear up so she can save the day. Mr. Fox, the professor of Weaponomics, took his invisible jet pack for a test run and accidentally crashed into the amethyst; essentially stranding himself at the top of the building with a teetering gem and a battered, useless jet pack.

Wonder Woman takes charge, assigning Bumblebee to disengage Mr. Fox from his dangerous, destructive rocket while she steadies the amethyst. You can see that her leadership skills have flourished from where she started in the pilot episode of Season 1. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn wastes no time in throwing a giant, inflatable Whoopee cushion on the ground and somersaulting out of the way so Mr. Fox can land safely. Elsewhere, Ivy helps Wonder Woman secure the amethyst with a binding constructed entirely out of vines.

As Wonder Woman floats down to the ground, she makes an interesting discovery—Cheetah set up the incident so she could be the hero who saved Mr. Fox. Kudos to Cheetah for having an actual background, reasonable motives, and not entirely horrible characteristics…she actually wants to do some good, but her jealousy tricks her into thinking that Wonder Woman keeps interfering…as betrayed by her petulant complaint, “Wonder Woman messes up everything! I was supposed to save Mr. Fox! That’s why I rigged his jet pack!” during a whiny meltdown. Now we know why she continues to pester the Amazonian princess.

Fortunately, she gets what’s been coming to her since the pilot episode: a warm, loving hug from the Lasso of Truth. Said hug lands her in detention, and lands Wonder Woman in the best day she’s had at high school so far. Three cheers for the Super Hero Squad!

5 out of 5 stars for the excellent animation and layered plot.

‘Hero of the Month: Wonder Woman’

DC’s golden girl finally gets her 60 seconds of fame in this short shout-out to her achievements at Superhero High. Bumblebee and the Principal jointly narrate Wonder Woman’s journey from a small fish in a big pond to a responsible and incredible force of nature.

4 out of 5 stars for the short season finale. ‘Hero of the Month: Wonder Woman’ could’ve been a bit longer, but the episode remains sweet as is.

Please note that ‘Best Action Scenes from Season 1’, ‘Best of Bumblebee’, and ‘Best of Poison Ivy’ are highlights recaptured from previously rated episodes in Season 1. They are not new episodes or exclusive featurettes, and therefore, are not rated.

We round out the first review on a high note. 5 out of 5 stars!

Make sure that you ‘Get your cape on!’—and stay tuned for the next review of DC’s Superhero Girls!