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All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder is certainly an unwieldy name, but I'm glad that I finally have a (projected) release date, as "When is All Star Batman coming out?" was the question that would not go away last week. But honestly, thosecovers do nothing for me. At all. On a purely technical level I can admire the detail in the buildings in the back-grounds, but that's about it. Still, I suppose I'll end up reading this, if only because an "ultimate"-type DCU book is something that Pete will absolutely adore. Sigh the things we do for love.
Ahem, and while we're on the subject Hush should have been an "all-in-one" hard-cover in the first place! What could have been a perennial seller for us has been reduced to a novelty item of appeal primarily only to existing comic-book fans because DC is bound and determined to split storylines like this into multiple volumes for the trade. The same sentiment applies to the For Tomorrow Superman story and The New Frontier.
There's remarkably little to get excited about in this section this month. Warren Ellis and Butch Guice writing a Justice League story for JLA: Classified certainly gets my attention, but, and maybe this is just me, this cover is so cold and impersonal it almost frightens me. And it's not the subject matter, it's the medium. If this isn't a computer rendered drawing, it's so like one as to make no difference, and it's just cold and impersonal and artificial and inhuman and not at all attractive. And we probably have a picture of Wonder Woman and Superman in the same style to look forward to.
In the premiere issue of JSA: Classified Super-Boobies, I mean Power Girl, finally gets an origin. Again. This is, what, her third? Fourth? Anyway lots of people seem to not like the Adam Hughes cover. Granted, it's not a spectacular image, but it's not a terrible one either. I think the main problem is that it suffers in comparison to the Amanda Connor cover, which is so cheeky and good-natured it's hard not to like.
Comic book fans make my head hurt. They complain about the "darkening" of the DCU in books like DC Countdown and Identity Crisis, but they turn the grim, gritty, serious and no fun Space Ghost revamp into a modest hit. At least enough of a hit to get a rapid trade-paperback out of it. They hurt my head, they really do
The third issue covers of Guardian and Zatanna are the first cover designs I've really not liked. There's nothing wrong with the Guardian one, per se, it's just very dull. But I can't help wondering what happened to Zatanna's ass in that picture.
Over in Villains United, the new Secret Six appear to be Chesire, Catman, Deadshot, a Parademon, and a figure I think might be Shado and another that could be Ragdoll, or maybe Harlequin. Or, possibly, Brother Power the Geek.
I'd like to get excited about the Cartoon Network Block Party digest, but since I doubt it will be nothing but "Courage the Cowardly Dog" or "Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy" I can't.
The new volume of From Eroica With Love should be entertaining. I'll withhold judgment on Tenryu until I have a chance to look at the first volume.
No Humanoids or 2000AD this month?
Y'know, as much as I'll probably enjoy Albion, probably because I won't have any idea who the characters are or bring any preconceived ideas of the way they should be to the book, I can't help but think that the project as a whole is one of those "Keep Alan Happy" projects that DC comes up with from time to time. "I'd really like to revamp some old British super-hero characters most Americans have never heard of." "Whatever you say Mr. Moore." "And let my daughter and her husband write some of the series." "Sure thing Mr. Moore. Er, say, Mr. Moore, you wouldn't mind if we published a big and extravagant new edition of Watchmen would you?" " Will you get Dave Gibbons to draw my old British super-hero characters if I say yes to it?" "Absolutely Mr. Moore "
Were I a cynical man, I would suggest that given this cover, the only thing preventing sexism accusations being levied at the creators of Matador is that it's being written by a woman
At only $5.99, I may be tempted by the Promethea Covers book. I'd still rather have the posters available in an inexpensive format.
The next Vertigo manga project by Jill Thompson, The Dead Boy Detectives, is solicited. It's been my experience that there isn't a lot of cross-over between manga readers and Sandman readers. After a very brief flurry of initial interest, the Death manga hasn't attracted any attention and has just sat on the shelf. I've tried putting it with the Sandman trades and no one bit, and I tried putting it in with the manga and still no one wanted to give it a shot. I suspect the root of it is, a lot of the audience for Sandman in our area tends to be amongst the more pretentious and self-important types of comic fans. The ones who dismiss all manga as "school-girl tentacle porn and monkey boys fighting." But who nevertheless get very upset if you describe Sandman as a goth-wannabe super-hero title. So, in our area at least, I don't expect this to go over very well.