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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

DC and Marvel for April 

DC For April

Batman Family

The movie tie-ins continue with Batman: Scarecrow Tales. I wonder if DC sees the cool fan and critic reaction to Marvel's recent films as a good sign or a bad sign for Batman Begins?

Okay, I still think it's an idea whose time has passed, but the solicitation and cover for Batman #639 does seem to imply that, yes, indeed, Jason Todd is back from the dead, somehow. I don't know if that's brilliant or just pandering.

Deathstroke is the guest-villain of Batgirl #63, which I think is becoming an under-rated gem under Gabrych and Garza.

Superman Family

I may be the only one, but I'm looking forward to Winick and Churchill's Superman/Captain Marvel three-parter, in which they must fight the "great evil". Too bad the cover gives the villain's identity away...

Superman Vs. The Flash looks like it could be a fun theme collection of stories...but it's got another one of those dull Alex Ross recreations as the cover.

DC Universe

I read Birds of Prey anyway, as it's one of the titles that Pete really likes, but #81 guest-stars Wildcat!, so I'm already looking forward to this one.

One of my favorite guilty pleasure comics gets the archive edition treatment with The Brave and The Bold Team-Up Archive. I may have to think about getting this one.

Day of Vengeance looks like it could be a very good look into the mystical characters of the DCU, and I notice that people are already complaining about the fact that it apparently is a "spin-off" of DC Countdown...a book, I'll remind people, we don't know anything about other than the title, cover, and creators. So, y'know, it seems a bit premature to be griping about it to me.

Doom Patrol #21 focuses on The Chief's origin...unless he was the secret architect of each team-member's "accident," I ain't interested.

Green Lantern Secret Files 2005 interests me not in the slightest.

If the "deadly super-powered team" that shows up in Legion of Super-Heroes #5 turn out to be Waid's "updated" Heroes of Lallor I reserve the right to make fun of people who call this series "fresh", "exciting" or "original"...

Omac Project looks promising as well, another meta-continuity series, but one looking at the gritty underbelly of the DCU, in the same vein as the recently cancelled Bloodhound and the excellent Manhunter.

On a related note, I can't believe that Richard Dragon hasn't been cancelled yet...

Howard Victor Chaykin's issue of Solo has me very excited, not only because it looks as if there isn't a single story using a DC character in it. Chaykin looks to be taking as much advantage of the series concept as he can.

Both Seven Soldiers titles for this month, Zatanna and Klarion the Witch Boy should be excellent. But you didn't need me to tell you that.

The cover of Teen Titans #23 is a nice group-shot of all the currently active Titans, as well as featuring some surprising teasers for new characters, if you're into that sort of thing.

Johnny DC

The Question is the featured League of this month's Justice League Unlimited. I'm so fond of his characterization on the show I may have to pick this up.

DC Library

(Is that a new terminology to replace the "Beyond the DCU" category? Sounds better at least...removes the implication that because these books aren't set in the super-hero continuity they are somehow superfluous.)

Tenryu: The Dragon Cycle will at least get a look from me, as I rather liked Fake, even if Matoh's other work in English, Until the Full Moon has no appeal to me at all. I probably would be interested in UTFM, except for the gender-changing aspect of the romance. I'd rather see an actual gay relationship than the "it's okay for me to love you because you're sometimes a woman" one that's in the comic.

Nothing from Humanoids or 2000AD appeals to me this month, however, though I did enjoy Bilal's Nikopol Trilogy.


City of Tomorrow should be another enjoyable fruit of Chaykin's recent productivity.

The Absolute Edition of the second volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen would look very nice next to the first volume on my shelf, but I don't think I'll have the $75 to spare this month.


Bite Club gets a "smaller-sized" trade. I guess someone at DC must have noticed that horror-themed manga sells pretty good.

Fables #36 gives us our first extended look at the Homelands, which promises an interesting new twist on the series premise. How have the villains been doing all this time?

I didn't like Pi or Requiem For A Dream, so am I allowed to not get excited about The Fountain?

Mnemovore has an intriguing premise and a great cover, but the "Body Snatchers for the ADD generation" is a big turn-off of a hard sell.

Vertigo: First Taste is, frankly, an idea that's long over-due.

DC Direct

The worst Joker design of all time is turned into a very unattractive statue.

The Ed McGuinnes designed Captain Marvel action figure is pretty nifty looking however.

Marvel Comics For April

So the Marvel Knights Spider-Man will be continuing past issue 12 after all. Does Marvel even make any distinctions between minis and ongoings anymore, or do they just decide once they see the Diamond order numbers?

Wow...Marvel turned the Macguffin from New Avengers into a series concept with Spider-Man: Breakout...and people complained about Identity Crisis cross-overs being forced...

Why do I get the feeling I'm not going to enjoy this new Power Pack series as much as I did the first one...when I was a kid.

Hercules: "Reeling from the tragic death of Thor"...I'm trying really hard not to read into that and failing utterly.

I will check out G.L.A, aka "Great Lakes Avengers" because Slott has earned the benefit of the doubt as a writer...but I can't promise to be terribly taken with characters I've never cared for in the past.


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