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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

DC in December 

DC Titles for December

Batman Family
Some nice covers by David Lapham, Scott Morse, Michael Lark and Matt Wagner.

I didn't just see the word catfight in relation to Catwoman and Cheetah in the solicitation for Catwoman: When in Rome did I? That is quite possibly one of the dumbest jokes I've ever heard...something I'd expect from Marvel's solicitations, to be honest.

Otherwise, this looks remarkably like the same-old, same-old from the Bat titles. Nothing to get too excited about.

Superman Family
See my above comment on same-old, same-old.

DC Universe
This is the third regular writer Aquaman has had in two years. Can someone please pick a direction for this book and stick with it.

At $20 for only half-the-story, I can't imagine that anyone is going to be too thrilled with the trade paper-back for DC: The New Frontier. It feels like a miscalculation to split the story up. Sure, manga readers don't mind having a story told over several volumes, but the primary appeal of super-hero trades is that you can read the entire story in one book. I think this is going to hurt long-term sales, as well. We sell, on average, a copy of Watchmen a week. I don't think we'd sell so many if it was split up into two or three separate books.

I'll give Deadshot a shot. I'm digging this low-level, grungy DCU that's popped up in books like Bloodhound and Manhunter and Monolith, and this looks to be in that same vein.

I'm guilty of my share of snarky comments about Michael Turner's art, but the cover to Identity Crisis #7 is really quite nice. Must be because there are no actual humans in it...(sorry, couldn't resist)

JLA: Classified brings us Batman vs. Gorilla Grodd. I can't say that I hold out much hope for the post-Morrison quality of this series, but the first three issues should be loads of fun.

Over in JLA something horrible has apparently happened to Power Ring, if the cover is anything to go by. So, the HEAT fans weren't content with getting rid of Kyle from the regular DCU, they had to get rid of him from the Crime Syndicate's universe as well?

That time-travel/Per Degaton story they've been hinting at in JSA for awhile now finally starts. I've always had a soft-spot for Degaton, and I've liked Johns portrayal of him. It's the first time I can think of that he's been portrayed with any real sense of menace. The Alex Ross cover just bores me, however, as almost all his covers tend to do. And that's despite featuring Wildcat.

The Legion of Super-Heroes is another reboot after all...this one looks like it is indeed setting the status quo back to the way it was in the 60s, when all the people currently reading Legion comics first started reading Legion comics. Only this time, they have "hip" costumes and "edgy" personalities and will probably have "wide-screen" stories...

Could the solicitation for Plastic Man be any more vague?

The second issue of Solo with Corben doing horror comics sounds much more promising than the first, with Sale doing super-hero comics.

Johnny DC
To be honest, I occasionally pick up a copy of Powerpuff Girls for my cousins, and that's about it. And that's not listed this month. Although a double-dose of Courage the Cowardly Dog and Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy may prompt me to get Cartoon Network Block Party.

Beyond the DCU
Yeah, there's not a damned thing here I'm going to buy, or am even vaguely interested in. I still maintain that trying to do a "played for straight" version of Space Ghost is an exercise in futility.

2000AD and Humanoids
Usually there's at least one title here that sounds interesting, but nada this month. I might have been curious about Shimura, if only for the Frank Quitely art, but everything Dredd related bores me.

Astro City: The Dark Age starts up. This is a good thing. If nothing else, it means that I can actually give Pete an answer when he asks me when the next issue of Astro City is coming out.

The second Global Frequency trade comes out, which is also a good thing as the first trade is still a pretty strong seller for us.

For the rest of the section, well...pretty much take my comments about the Wildstorm solicitations from past months and repeat them here. All the stuff I've said looks good in the past still looks good, and all the stuff I'm not too thrilled with I'm still not too thrilled with.

We can never keep the Adventures in the Rifle Brigade minis in stock, so a trade is very welcome. Whether it'll sell is another story. I'm starting to notice a phenomenon with Garth Ennis fans similar to what I see with Sam Kieth fans (i.e. they say they're a Kieth fan, but they only buy his stuff if it's got Wolverine in it...), and that's the people who say that they're Ennis fans, but they won't buy anything other than Preacher or Punisher. Kind of makes me wonder why we never seem to have any of the Rifle Brigade issues...

DC is preparing for a spike in demand for John Constantine material, and the cover to All His Engines is certainly impressive, although the story doesn't sound entirely dissimilar to about a dozen other Hellblazer stories. Let's hope that the movie isn't a total bomb, so that comic-book stores don't get stuck with dozens of these things.

Trigger is apparently a blend of "Blade Runner, Minority Report and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow!" Well, so it's like a passable Philip K. Dick adaptation, a terrible Dick adaptation, and something in no way like the first two movies, all rolled into one really dull and generic title (which, ironically, sounds more like the criminally under-rated Equilibrium than any of the films they mention).

The covers for Witching and Y: The Last Man are quite nice, but you don't need me to tell you that.

For the rest of Vertigo's titles, apply my approach to Wildstorm titles. What looked good before still looks bad. What I didn't care about before, I still don't care about.

DC Direct

That sound you're hearing when you look at the commissioner Gordon and Alfred action figures is the bottom of the barrel being scraped in a desperate attempt to find characters drawn by Jim Lee to turn into action figures.

I swear, whenever I look at the DC Direct section all it tells me is that there are comic-book fans out there with more money than sense or taste. Which I already knew. At least nothing too offensive sticks out this time. People already collect plates, so I can live with the Alex Ross plate, and I can't diss sculpture, but it's the "Bat-Utility Belt" replicas and stuff like that which always makes me wonder: who has the money to waste on something like that?


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