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Monday, December 12, 2005
DC...One Year Later
(Indulge me, I haven't done one of these in awhile.)
Taken from Comic Book Resources, because I find their on-line solicitations format easiest to read and link to.
Batman: Secrets, by Sam Kieth. Oh, I'm enough of a sucker that I'm probably be ponying up for this. Plus, since it's got Batman in it for more than an issue, maybe all the people who say their Kieth fans but don't buy his creator-owned work will buy it, and then he'll be able to afford to do some more creator-owned work (so long as it's not more Zero Girl).
Detective #817 and Batman #651: So, the OYL mystery for the core Bat books seems to be who the new commissioner and villain is. Creative teams are worth a look, so I'll probably give them a shot. (Wild guess: either Bruce Wayne is the commissioner [unlikely with Green Arrow going into politics] or it's Gordon, in a spectacular return to the status quo.)
Batman Annual #25: Well, here's hoping it goes better than the Ultimate annuals. Plus it resolves the Red Hood storyline, which is one of those comics that I've actually been enjoying, but haven't talked about much because I'm so tired of people complaining about it.
Catwoman #53: Pfeifer's run has been fun, so I'll be sticking with this one, even if Catwoman is now some blond woman who may or may not be Holly.
Nightwing #118: The cover suggests that Bruce Jones is making Nightwing over into a grim(mer) urban vigilante. I've never cared for the character, so I think I can safely skip it.
Robin #148: Pete has a fondness for Robin, so while the creative team doesn't immediately excite me, we'll probably give it an issue or two. The OYL story, with Robin wanted for murder, doesn't do much for me either. For myself, I'm mostly curious about who the blocked-out figure behind Tim is.
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #s 201 & 202: A new story-line written by Christos N. Gage, whose Deadshot mini I quite liked, so I'll most likely be picking this up.
All-Star Superman #3: Is, of course, a no-brainer.
Superman #650 and Action #837: I like the creative teams. A lot. But I really don't like not knowing more about the storyline other than it's the umpteenth variation of "Clark Kent gives up being Superman." Been there, done that, SO over it.
Supergirl #7: I like Greg Rucka's comic work. So having Supergirl and Powergirl team-up to become the new Nightwing and Flamebird. Oh yeah, that works for me. (Now, the real question is, given the book's chronic lateness, will it actually ship in March?)
Showcase Presents the Superman Family: I've wanted a big, fat collection of Lois Lane stories for years. I long ago resigned myself that a Lois Lane Archive is somewhat more likely than a Rex the Wonder Dog Archive, somewhat less likely than a Sugar and Spike Archive (which is to say, not at all likely). So, when DC announced the "Showcase Presents" format (like Marvel's "Essential" line, only with decent printing), I had hopes that, finally, I'd get my huge-ass book of Lois Lane comics. And so they go and announce this book, and it's all Jimmy Olsen stories and one solo Lois story. I don't like Jimmy Olsen. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I hate Jimmy Olsen. And I especially don't like Jimmy Olsen comics. (Well, okay, maybe I just find them a little tiresome because Jimmy is such a freaking idiot, and those stories don't even the blatant school-yard "girls are icky and dumb" misogyny that makes the Lois Lane stories so freakishly compelling.) Damn you, DC "Showcase Presents" editors. Damn you all to hell. Because now I have to have a big book of lousy, stupid Jimmy Olsen comics in my house because my boyfriend is a damned DC fanboy with a taste for Silver Age comics that are cheap.
Superman in the Eighties: This is a bad sign. Because next thing you know, we're going to get "Superman in the Nineties."
Infinite Crisis #6: Dullest cover yet. I really hope this is just the teaser and they plan to put some details in there somewhere.
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #40: I like the choice of creative team. And let's be perfectly honest here: Aquaman's a bit of a joke as far as most people are concerned. DC keeps trying to give him a series, each time tweaking the concept in some way to make it more appealing, and each time it works for a little bit, and then the audience loses interest. So, y'know, it doesn't bother me in the slightest that DC decided to make a clean break of it and just go ahead and start up a new character and concept under the name and let Arthur get some rest time.
Birds of Prey #92: One of Pete's favorite books, a really good read under Simone, and I seriously doubt that the new characters are deal-killers.
Blood of the Demon #13: How did this survive the post-Infinite Crisis title purge? I would have guessed it dipped below the cancellation mark long ago.
Blue Beetle #1: Again, a promising creative team. I expect it to be entertaining. And given how immensely popular Blue Beetle turned out to be post-mortem, I'm sure it'll be a best-selling book! Or, you know, all those people who complained about the death of Ted Kord were just looking for something to complain about that week and don't actually give a damn about the Blue Beetle.
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #23: This title continually manages to be just interesting enough to keep me buying it. So, the OYL changes look like...virtually nothing, from the solicitation info. Eh, I think I can leave without massive upheavals on some titles.
Three Seven Soldiers books in one month, and a trade. Gee, think the project is winding down?
Everything Else DC is Publishing
Eh, I'm fairly indifferent to most of it, except:
Red Sonja/Klaw the Unconquered: The very idea hurts me on a very deep and personal level.
Top Ten gets the ABC A to Z treatment, with the America's Best team that gets referenced from time to time as well. Should be okay.
American Virgin is something I'd normally pass on, but it's drawn by Becky Cloonan, so it gets a look.
I was going to pass on The Exterminators as well, but that preview DC ran in some books has caused me to relent and give it a shot. I think I'll also be giving Testament a shot as well. On the other hand, DMZ's first issue didn't thrill me, so unless it gets really good in the next couple of issues, I probably won't be around for the March issue.
And I'd like to make fun of this month's DC Direct merchandise, but it's all too depressing...and I'll probably end up wanting one of those Gotham by Gaslight Batman figures.