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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

DC for June 

Taken from Comic Book Resources

I actually quite like the Batgirl cover by Frank Miller for All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder.

Wildcat stars in Catwoman #56. So you know it'll be an exceptionally good issue.

The solicitation for Nightwing #121 contains a fairly critical spoiler for the issue of Nightwing that comes out...tomorrow.

Sam Kieth's cover for Batman: Secrets #4 is a very nice portrait of Batman and the Joker. It's a shame that by the time it comes out it will be cluttered with a logo and UPC bar.

David Lapham's Batman: City of Crime has a trade solicited. The storyline started well, but the ending was a bit of a mess. The fault, I think, was simply that it went on to long.

Brian Singer, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris plot four one-shots that tie into the upcoming Superman Returns film. Marc Andreyko scripts Ma Kent and Lois Lane, with Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray scripting Krypton to Earth and Lex Luthor, with Adam Hughes providing covers to all four $3.99 books. John Byrne, Karl Kerschel, Rick Leonardi and Wellington Dias trade off art chores.
I'm not quite sure what to think of these books. I've already seen complaints on-line about "But Ma Kent is dead in the film continuity" and "But Bryan Singer was supposed to write an X-Men comic." Frankly, I'm surprised DC is doing more to promote the film in comics than an over-priced adaptation and rushed out trades. I suppose I may check out the comics, if only because, in general, I don't really object to any of those creators. But I don't really find myself going "ooh, cool, neat, ancillary tie-ins that tangentially expand the plot" either.

Superman/Doomsday Omnibus collects the bulk of the post-"Death of Superman" Doomsday appearances. Material like this, when I still worked in comics retail, mostly sold only to kids who thought that Doomsday was "cool." The same kids who think Venom, Carnage and the Scarlet Spider are cool, I suspect.
In general, those kids won't buy trades.

DCU: Brave New World is a $1 showcase for many of the post-Infinite Crisis minis and on-goings. Most of these titles look like things I'll be interested in, and at a buck for eighty pages it's a good bargain.
That won't stop the never-ending stream of gratingly unfunny, page-by-page and panel-by-panel attack reviews and dissections from folks who are deeply offended that comics aren't still exactly the way they were thirty years ago.

Flash: The Fastest Man Alive starts, with writers from the Flash television show. Frankly, I'm more than a little tired of DC editorial making noncommittal and vague statements about this title. If they expect me to give it a shot they really need to, oh, I don't know, tell some damn details about the tone and direction of the book.

The Green Lantern Corps: Recharge series was actually not horrible, despite being about people calling themselves Green Lantern, so I may be willing to give the Dave Gibbons written Green Lantern Corps a shot. Plus, DC is apparently doing a Green Lantern ring promo in conjunction with it. I used to have one from another long-ago DC promotion, but it's long lost. It might be worth picking up another one.

Hard Time is cancelled again. I'm not surprised, I haven't been as impressed with this "second season" as I was with the first. I'm also really tired of this notion of "seasons" getting translated into comics. Also, comic books can't have "Director's Cuts" or "DVD extras."

Mogo guest stars in Ion #3. That's almost reason enough to get it.

We recently learned that the Golden Age Atom was the grandfather of the current Manhunter. I think we may know who her grandmother was now.

I think I'm the only comics blogger who cares neither for the Metal Men Archive or Showcase Presents: Elongated Man. Does this mean I lose my license?

My favorite gay couple in comics return.

A Sergio Aragones issue of Solo. Fantastic.

There's no puppy on this cover.

So, wait...regarding Teen Titans #37...Kid Devil find one of Neron's candles too?

Allan Heinberg and Terry and Rachel Dodson launch a new Wonder Woman series, and remarkably there's no colon and sub-title. Doesn't that violate the "One Year Later" rules? I'm not sure of the cover. Dodson is a good artist, but he tends to over-indulge in the cheesecake. I'm not sure that's a good approach to take with a character like Wonder Woman. Unless they're going for something a little more ironic this time around.

A new Astro City special focusing on Samaritain and his arch-enemy Infidel makes a bow.

Wildstorm also launches a new Claw the Unconquered series. The character is best remembered as one of many comic knock-offs of Conan and as a victim of the "DC Implosion." My experience has been that, as a back-issue, it only sells to middle aged men who are trying to re-buy all the comics they had as a kid. Apparently Claw writer Chuck Dixon is going to ditch the previous continuity for this new series. Which means that the fans of the old Claw series probably won't be interested in this new one.
So why bother doing it? Oh, right, Dark Horse making money on a Conan comic...

As has already been pointed out by a few others, the first Testament trade contains issues that haven't been released yet. This is pretty significant for DC, as in the past they've always preferred to give retailers time to sell comics before putting them in trades. It could also be seen as a sign of extreme confidence in Testament. I understand that the first DMZ trade is being semi-rushed as well. The indications are that Vertigo editors are either supremely confident in the titles, or strongly hoping to build them up as tent-pole titles for the imprint.

I could take a look at the Marvel solicitations, but the only noteworthy thing there is Neil Gaiman's Eternals series, which has the obligatory variant cover and an artist whose work I can't stand.


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