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Monday, July 17, 2006
DC in October
The latest batch of DC solicitations are out, and man, is there ever a whole lot of nothing very exciting going on in them. That's probably putting too fine a point on it, and there are one or two things that are actually of interest there, but after noticing that seven titles are shipping with variant covers (All Star Batman and Robin, Justice League of America, Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes, Tales of the Unexpected, Authority, Deathblow and Gen13) my enthusiasm dimmed significantly.
In any case, the note-worthy items include a Superman/Batman annual that "updates" the story of how they discovered each other's secret identity. This time it involves Deathstroke and the Crime Syndicate of America, for some reason. So long as they manage to retain the whole "Clark and Bruce discover each other's secrets while they strip" aspect, I'll be happy.
Over in 52, Jerry Ordway draws the origin of Wildcat. This meets with my approval, and DC is allowed to publish it.
I actually found a Michael Turner cover I like:
Anderson Gabyrich and Henry Flint relaunch The Omega Men, as part of DC's seeming effort to revitalize their space-hero line, along with the late Adam Strange and the more recent Green Lantern Corps and Mystery in Space. I enjoyed Gabyrich's run of Batgirl, so I'm more than willing to sample this.
The final issue of Seven Soldiers is slated for release as well. Allegedly.
Tales of the Unexpected is a new Spectre mini, and appears to be part of DC's attempt to revitalize their "magic character" line. (See also: Shadowpact and Trials of Shazam) It gets my full support because it brings back "I...Vampire," one of the very few vampire characters I can stomach.
I suppose it doesn't really matter, because I'm going to be buying the book anyway, and I normally like Gene Ha, but this cover seems awfully pedestrian for what should be a more significant relaunch of Authority.
Yeah, I'll probably end up getting Gen13. That's probably the most shameful thing I've ever typed here.
I'm tempted to say very cruel things about the move of the Nightmare on Elm Street comic to Wildstorm, starting with listing "TBD" as the artist not being a particularly promising sign, and ending with profound expressions of skepticism regarding the ability of Chuck Dixon to write the series with the proper tone and humor (and politely side-stepping the issue of the frequently homophobic undertones of the franchise and Dixon's past angry complaints about gay characters in comics), but it's simply not worth the arguments which will spring up in the comments sections.
I can't help but think that it's a bit too late to ask people to pay $100 for a hard-cover edition of Sandman.
Gaze into the dead, soulless eyes of Nightstar, mortal fools!