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Let's see, just about every single title here is somehow tied in to the War Games storyline. That's just swell.
I'm not sure I'll be picking up the Arkham Asylum Anniversary Edition...I'm interested, but this is looking like it may be a very expensive month for me, and that's before I see anything other than DC solicitations.
Fortunatly, at $12.95 the Detective #27 softcover is much more tempting. I'm curious enough about it to give serious consideration to picking this up.
I will probably pick up the Hush Vol. 2 SC for the same reason I'll get Vol. 1 in SC. It's not that I think it's going to be particularly good, but enough Batman stories are going to cite this for the next ten years or so that I probably should read it in some form.
Superman/Batman #11 is a concept I've seen so many times now, most recently in Wildstorm's Coup De'Tat that I really can't work up any enthusiasm for this iteration at all.
I think I can safely wait for the softcover on on Superman: Birthrigh. Like Hush I feel like I should read it just to be able to understand Superman comics until they reboot him again. Waid's story intrigues me, at least a little, but Yu's art just hurts my eyes terribly.
I really want the Superman: Man of Tomorrow archive, as Silver-Age Supes is my favorite, but did this have to come out the same month as the Golden Age Sandman archive, a book I've wanted since they announced the archive format? I'll probably save up for Sandman and wait a month or two for Superman. I can definatly pass on the DC Rarities archive, especially since it's $75.
DC Universe Titles
Will be getting for certain: Adam Strange, Aquaman, Challengers of the Unknown, Fallen Angel, Green Lantern: Rebirth (if only for purposes of domestic harmony), Hawkman, Identity Crisis, Hard Time, JSA, Kinetic, Monolith, Plastic Man, Scratch and Wonder Woman.
Titles I may get: Bloodhound, Firestorm, Justice League Elite (Pete's something of a JLA completist), and Manhunter.
Doom Patrol will be up to issue five, and Byrne is just now getting around to back-story? This has got to be the biggest train-wreck of a title, poorly planned and executed, I've seen in some time. Well, this and Excalibur.
Is it just me or does this "serial killer gets his hands on a HERO dial" storyline in Hero look like it's building towards an apocalyptic ending which will signal the end of the series?
Kurt Busiek on JLA is such a tremendously good idea I'm sort of annoyed he's not the new regular writer.
A very special Outsiders feautes guest-star John Walsh. I trust Winick enough to not write this off now, but the solicitation reeks of "after-school special"
John Walsh of America¹s Most Wanted stars in the timely and compelling 3-part story "Most Wanted!" The Outsiders are an aggressive super-team, taking the fight to the bad guys and preying on super-criminals. But when one of the criminals they¹re chasing turns out to be a real predator, Nightwing and his teammates seek aid from an unlikely source. John Walsh helps the Outsiders deal with a very real problem that hits home with Arsenal, Grace and Walsh himself: child abduction.
Solo will be a good series, or at least an interesting one, but I suspect the reason they're launching with Jeph Loeb super-hero stories is to get the spandex fetishists to pick it up. I've seen some of the Chaykin pages. They're great, and not a cape in sight.
Teen Titans gives us a look at the Titans as grown-ups. It's not a bad idea, though a tad obvious perhaps.
Will DC somehow manage to totally screw up the marketing of Toe Tags, as written by George Romero, a man with a large and devoted audience who can probably be easily talked into coming into a comic-book store? Probably. Still, they'll probably give it a better shot than Marvel. I mean, would it have killed them to do any promotion of Joss Whedon on Astonishing X-Men outside of the comics press?
Manara's Odysseys of Giuseppe Bergman intrigues me because of the connection to the Odyssey, but I'll have to see what the boobage quotient is before I commit myself to buying it.
2000 AD Titles
Devlin Waugh: Swimming in Blood looks like it may be the sort of thing I like. Red Razors doesn't, solely because of its connection to the Dredd-verse, which I just find boring.
Frankly, none of this really look like my sort of thing. I'll probably give From Eroica With Love, for narcissism if nothing else. The story has overtones of Lupin III, which I dig, but that art...just leaves me cold. Maybe I'll give volume one a chance. But Madara looks like sub-D&D, fighting manga schlock and I can't stand that kind of nonsense. And Land of the Blindfolded may be too girly for even me.
Brubaker and Nguyen on Authority is a good thing. Relaunching the title with a new number one reeks of desperation. It may be time to just let the title lie low for a little while.
Ocean is something to look forward to. Ellis doing hard SF plays to his strengths, and Sprouse's art is always gorgeous and worth looking at. And oh, that cover...
Regarding Astro City: A Visitor's Guide...JUST FRICKIN' RELAUNCH WHO'S WHO ALREADY DC!!!
Razor's Edge isn't my sort of thing. Not by a long-shot. But there's enough Wildstorm U fans who felt that the direction the universe went in post-Authority was not their thing that hopefully this will do well. And then maybe we can have room in the Wildstorm U for super-hero antics and more thoughtful works. Like, oh, let's say Planetary and Sleeper, both of which have new issues this month.
America's Best Comics Titles
I'll be getting Terra Obscura and reading the Tom Strong stuff in SC TPBs.
I've already got My Faith in Frankie and all the Sandman Mystery Theatres (I think...I may be missing the last couple of arcs). So I can pass on those trades. The softcover of Lovecraft is a sure-bet. I'm a Lovecraft fan, I've loved Breccia's art on Swamp Thing. Frankly, I'm sort of surprised I haven't bought the hardcover...
I'll also be getting: Books of Magick: Life During Wartime (or there will be no living with Pete), Fables, possibly the Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers trade, Losers, Swamp Thing, The Witching, WE3, and Y: The Last Man. And I really hope that this is the final cover. It looks perfect just as it is. Of course, all the Ampersand themed covers have been noteworthy.
The Catwoman poster is a no-brainer. That Bolland image is fantastic. Would have been nice to have this in shops at the same time as the trade, or at least the movie, but still....
As for the Flash poster...not my thing, but I've already had customers asking me if DC plans to turn any of Turner's cover images into posters. I could probably sell a boat-load of posters for the Identity Crisis covers.