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Monday, May 15, 2006

DC in August 

The full solicitations are available, and I'm going to go slightly out of my habit and use lots of pictures to talk about them this time.

Batman and the Mad Monk

Say what you will, Matt Wagner draws a fantastic looking Batman. And his stories pull off the neat trick of feeling fresh and new while delving deeply into the past.

Batman #656

Batman versus ninja man-bats. God bless Grant Morrison.
DC is also offering a new soft-cover edition of Son of the Demon, the book which heavily implies that Batman and Talia didn't practice safe sex. Hopefully DC has this solicitation worked out so that the book is available after Wizard points out that the story is relevant to Morrison's.

Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 1 is a far cry from the best Batman material available, but it seems to fit with the over-all Silver Age focus of the Showcase line. This is the period which, when you read the letters pages, you find letters complaining about how Batman should only fight costumed villains alternating with letters complaining about how Batman should only fight gangsters. Also, the Outsider is a prominent recurring villain. That alone is a sign of the dubious quality of this period.

Supergirl #9

No! Bad Ian Churchill! Bad! You don't get to "homage" Frank Quitely's sublime cover to All Star Superman until you start drawing Supergirl to look like she's eaten sometime this year.

The Steve Niles and Justiano Creeper mini-series appears to be a retelling of the origin. I hope this is a flash-back story and not an attempt to convince us that the Creeper is only just now showing up in the DCU. Because we all know how successful reboots like that tend to be...

52 #13

That a secret society of resurrected heroes doesn't seem out of place is one of the reasons why I love the DCU.

Hawkgirl #55

I'm trying to phrase this delicately but...why is Hawkman trying to push Hawkgirl out of the giant, toothed space vagina?

Justice League of America #1 gives me my choice of either half of an Ed Benes picture or a Michael Turner picture. I hate getting "split" covers. I resent it, in fact, because it's as bald an attempt to compel you to buy multiple copies of a comic as there is. And I dislike them so much that I'd willingly consider buying the Turner variant, only I know it's going to be in some ratio that makes it more than I want to pay. So as much as I want to get this comic, DC is doing their damnedest to make me annoyed at the prospect.

JSA Classified #15

Eh, they probably had it coming.

Manhunter #25

It's been a frequently expressed sentiment in relation to the news of this title's cancellation, but I find it horribly depressing all the same that this book slipped under so many people's radars, but Wolverine and the Punisher somehow rate two solo titles apiece.

It may be terribly nerdy of me, but I genuinely find myself interested in the "lost year" Titans, including Zatara in Teen Titans #39.

Cartoon Network Action Pack #4 reminds me that every time I see Ben 10 on TV, I'm struck by the thought that it's really just Joe Casey's attempt at convincing DC to let him relaunch Dial H for Hero.

Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson launch The Boys with two issues in August. All sorts of grim comedy and violence is promised. But, is it just me, or is that Simon Pegg?

I wasn't terribly interested in Deadman as a Vertigo relaunch anyway, but after reading Bruce Jones's Nightwing I'm really not interested in it.

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughn and Niko Henrichon is something I've been looking forward to since they announced it, what, two years ago? And at $20 for a hardcover, it's looking like a must buy for me.

I'm not sure I'm the target audience for figures of the current generation JSA, though Hawkgirl is a nice looking figure (for now...the quality of DC's female figures seems to go drastically downhill between solicitation image and actual finished product). I am sort of baffled as to why the Golden Age JSA-er with the worst costume is given two figures.

I know others have complained but...I actually kind of like these "Women of the DCU" busts. They've got a playful sexuality to them that I find appealing. They're cheesecake, yes, but as cheesecake goes I find them mostly inoffensive. But I expect to see much griping on-line about this Power Girl figure. Power Girl is just one of those characters that people seem to love to complain about, based solely on the way she tends to be drawn, though as Ragnell has pointed out many times, there's more to her than her costume.
I love her because she's a brassy, no nonsense dame, in the best sense of the word. Plus, I'm a shameless Wildcat fanboy and the bickering banter back and forth between those two never fails to amuse me.


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