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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Novembers Comics...TODAY! 

DC for November

To be perfectly honest, there isn't much in the Superman or Batman titles that I'm terribly excited by. I'll certainly check out the Darwyn Cooke illustrated Batman/Spirit story, but I'm wavering on whether or not I'll get the ongoing series.

The only Bat-title I can work up plenty of enthusiasm for is Huntress: Dark Knight Daughter, the collection of pre-Crisis Earth-2 Huntress stories, reprinting mostly her back-up adventures from Wonder Woman comics. It's an era of DC output that I enjoy, and a character that I have an irrational fondness for from reading her adventures as a kid. This, combined with the recent Justice Society collection DC released, will keep my nostalgia urges in check for some time.

The cover for the ninth issue of Blue Beetle is great.

I will almost certainly be getting the Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage mini, with Howard Chaykin writing and drawing. It's purely for the creator, as I can take or leave Guy at the best of times. Although the presence of G'Nort is a plus.

Showcase Presents: Shazam! doesn't particularly represent one of the high points of the character's run, but there's still plenty of charming and entertaining stories in there.

I'll give a look to Stormwatch: PHD, as I've enjoyed Christos Gage's comics work in the past. I'm not a fan of Doug Mahnke's work, though, and I have no particular interest in any of the characters.

Garth Ennis and Chris Sprouse launch a solo, ongoing Midnighter series. I like both creators, I like the character, and if the book takes as it's approach anything along the lines of "Punisher if he had sex with men" I'll probably be happy.

I have as little interest in a Texas Chainsaw Massacre comic as I did in a Nightmare on Elm Street comic. I'm also doubtful that DC can have much more success with the licenses than Avatar did. They'll certainly sell more than Avatar's did, just because of market penetration. But Avatar also had about a dozen variant covers per issue to pad up their sales. I'm just envisioning these comics going over about as well as the Thundercats or Robotech licenses did for Wildstorm. Sure, big sales at the start, but then massive drops.

Mike Carey's Crossing Midnight is being advertised as a cross between Japanese and Korean horror films, and Miyazaki films. Those are two generally very good things that just don't sound like they'll go together. At all.

I'm not sure how I feel about the "Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman" statue. I know some Wonder Woman fans will probably get a kick out of it. But I look at it, and the first thing I can think of are people who will enjoy it a little too much. Not to put too fine a point upon it, that is.

I wondered why Superman looked so annoyed in this picture. Then I saw where his little plastic stand was placed. Clearly Kal-El is strictly a top.

DC's Beefcake for November
Jonah Hex #13

Warlord #10

Marvel in November, the "optimistically scheduled" version.

I'm guessing the ulterior motive for Ultimate Power is to shore up Squadron Supreme sales with a cross-over with books that are actually selling well.

Wow...I'm really not seeing anything worth mentioning in the Marvel solicitations, even to make fun of. Oh, wait, there is this:

But, honestly, it's just embarrassing that Marvel is putting this out.

Marvel's also putting out another batch of What If? one-shots, based on recent high-profile cross-over storylines. Somehow I doubt "What If? Any of these comics had been good?" is going to be a theme for any of them.

There's something called Demons of Mercy coming out, based off of an Xbox360 game. Because comics based on video games are always benchmarks of quality...Anyway, this little snippet attracts my attention:
Retailers: See this month's Diamond Retailer Order Form and the Marvel Monthly Deals and upcoming Diamond Daily on ordering instructions for ordering this series. This will have a limited print run.
So...Marvel thought the allocations on the Halo graphic novels were a good thing?

There exists an outside possibility that I may pick up the Wisdom series simply because Paul Cornell is writing it. I make no promises however.

Heh. In the solicitation for the New X-Men Omnibus, Marvel cites two DC titles as examples of Grant Morrison's work. So, is Marvel ashamed of Skrull Kill Krew, Marvel Boy and Zoids?

Essential Man-Thing once again stretches the definition of the word "essential."

Marvel's Beefcake for November
Iron Fist #1

Stan Lee Meets the Silver Surfer

I think, on the whole, I prefer DC's beefcake this month. Bondage helps, as do the low-slung clothes. Iron Fist is too heavily shadowed, and Norrin Radd too...shiny.


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