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Monday, March 21, 2005

Big Two June Solicitations 

DC in June

Batman Family

There really isn't too much of note here. Of the titles I do read, only Catwoman and Gotham Central have changes in creators, with Catwoman getting both Will Pfeiffer and Pete Woods added to the book, and Kano coming along as the new penciler for Gotham Central--which is revisiting a "death of Robin" storyline. The few other titles that either Pete or I read simply have new issues come out that advance existing storylines. None of the new titles announced this month sound particularly interesting to me.

Superman Family

Okay, I'll admit that Batzarro has a nice ring to it.


Day of Vengeance #3 features Detective Chimp.

DC Special is a nicely nostalgic name for the Return of Donna Troy mini-series. And it's got an impeccable line up of talent on it as well. If I can dive into fan-boy mode for a moment, it's becoming pretty clear that the new "meta-continuity" for the DC Universe started with the death of Donna Troy about two years ago, which is one of the reasons I look askance at gripes that this emphasis on tighter cross-title connections at DC is something they've cooked up to ride the coat-tails of Identity Crisis. Which, I think, sort of deflates the complaint that the interlinking of titles has been heavy-handed, since it's been going on for two years now without comment.

Now, that being said, I will say that doing an Identity Crisis semi-sequel in the pages of JLA, so soon after DC Countdown and the start of OMAC Project is pushing it a little.

Day of Vengeance #3 features Detective Chimp!

Klarion, Zatanna and Shining Knight all have gorgeous covers this month, and the solicitations for these issues reveal some of the ways the titles will intersect, other than sharing the same villains.

Darwyn Cooke is the featured artist in this month's issue of Solo. How did I know that a Slam Bradley story would be in the book?

The Teen Titans/Outsiders cross-over continues, continuing the new emphasis on cross-title continuity, with ties to both Villains United and The Return of Donna Troy. Good thing I'm a shameless DC fanboy, or I might start to see some merits to the complaint that DC is taking this a tad too far.

Son of Vulcan is a revamp I never saw coming.

I like the cover for the second issue of Villains United. There's no good reason for me to like it, I just do. It has a sense of fun to it.

Day of Vengeance #3 features Detective Chimp!

Johnny DC

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck digests. Neat.


Nothing of here immediately grabs me, other than that I'd like to point out that Monster Collection caught me off guard with how racy it is. So if DC is comfortable putting that out uncensored, I shudder to think just how bad Tenjo Tenge really was.


Having a new edition of Ballad of Halo Jones is very good for me, because now I can keep selling it to people looking for more Alan Moore books.


Huh. Nothing grabs me. That's unusual for Humanoids.


I know nothing about any of the characters in Albion, but I don't care, I'm just curious to see if it's as insane and strange as I hope. Very nice cover as well.

Astro City: The Dark Age is solicited again. I'm still looking forward to it.

Did the world really need another Lobo/Authority special? I'm guessing no.


Of the titles I already read, the only noteworthy event is the vague hint that possibly the identity of the Adversary will be revealed in Fables.

The comics adaptation of Neverwhere begins, and Neil Gaiman's name appears only in the title. Now, given that Mike Carey is writing, and Glenn Fabry drawing, I have every confidence that it will be quite good. I just feel that it's worth pointing out that Gaiman's name only appears in the title.

The cover for the WE3 collection is gorgeous. At $13 it is more expensive than the original issues, so I hope there's some added value in the trade. I will be buying it anyway, as I liked the book enough I want to make sure I have it in a durable format for the future. Heck, I'm half-tempted to buy two copies of the book and run some sort of contest to give the other away.

DC Direct

The Krypto Maquettes look nice, but everything else is either too expensive, too ugly, or both.

Marvel in June

Is there any sort of logical consistency to how Marvel categorizes their books? I still don't think I've heard a good explanation as to why, say, X-23 is a Marvel Next book and not an X-Men family book, or why Spider-Man titles seem to sometimes be listed in three different places.

I'm sorry, but House of M still sounds like the title of a Parker Posey picture to me. I just don't think "big, company wide, reality-shaking crossover" when I hear the name. Oh, and we have a Spider-Man spin-off as a result of it. To run concurrently with the spin-offs from New Avengers. And wasn't Tom Breevort on some panel somewhere bragging about how, yes, actually, you will need to buy every cross-over issue and special in order to understand this series?

X-Men: Kitty Pryde--Shadow and Flame: Oh lord, another "Kitty is a ninja" story.

Last Hero Standing sounds like Tom DeFalco is rewriting Contest of Champions.

This is quite possibly the ugliest picture of Wolverine I have ever seen.

With Mike Carey and Dan Jurgens working on the comic adaptation of the Fantastic Four movie, there's a good chance the comic will be better than the film.

Okay, this is actually pretty funny…dark Squirrel Girl.

Wow…five issues into Young Avengers and they're already using the death of a character as a selling point. That's a remarkably disappointing and cliched way to try to get me to rapidly lose interest in a title that I actually thought had some potential, despite the fact that it had to deal with the fallout of about a dozen ill-conceived ideas from that whole Avengers: Disassembled mess.

I was going to say that there isn't a single X-Men comic that even looked remotely good, but then I noticed that Matt Fraction and Sam Kieth are writing a story in which Wolverine dies a lot. Now that's comedy!

I'd like to say more about the Marvel solicitations, but they just depress me.


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