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Tuesday, January 16, 2007


I just spent more time than I'd have liked poring over manga descriptions, so the prospect of looking at more solicitation information doesn't exactly thrill me.

DC in April

The Plain Janes is officially solicited, and I really hope that DC isn't planning on emphasizing this title in direct market stores rather than bookstores. Something tells me a non-genre work aimed at teen and pre-teen girls isn't going to go over well with your average comics retailer.

I'm a sucker. World War III sounds interesting. The same can be said for Amazons Attack.

I remember when Harley Quinn appearing in Detective would have made it a big seller. Ah, nerd popularity is a fickle thing.

Supergirl #16 has a solicitation which reads "Finally, the truth about the Girl from Krypton!" and I can't help but think that's something that should have been established before the series was over a year old.

The first issue of Doctor Fate indicates that Kent Nelson will be the new Doctor Fate. Kent Nelson being the original Doctor Fate, of course. So, not only is it a spoiler of the upcoming Fate specials, but it's an awkward Golden Age retro-fit ala bringing back Carter Hall as Hawkman.
That being said, it's Steve Gerber writing it, so I'll be likely to check it out.

Firestorm and Manhunter are both cancelled. In the former case, even I was starting to get a bit fatigued by the title, but I'm going to miss Manhunter. The only thing remotely like it at DC right now is Checkmate, and the large cast creates a certain inertia that Manhunter lacked.

Justice League of America and Justice Society of America cross-over. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that, given the broad clues dropped about "asylums" and "dreams" featuring into the story, the villain is going to be yet another revamp of Doctor Destiny. Which I'm fine with, because it means one less attempt to force Kingdom Come characters into the regular DC comics, something which is rapidly pissing me off with JSA.

Speaking of which, I can't be the only person who thinks Justice is kind of crap, can I?

Alan Moore: Wild Worlds collects a bunch of Moore's phoned in, needed-to-buy-a-house works.

DC's April Beefcake

Slim pickings again this month. This shot of Jack from Jack of Fables isn't bad.

But the clear winner has to be Nemesis in bondage.

Marvel for April

Well, with Nextwave gone, let's see if there's anything to get excited about here.

Uhm, does newuniversal count, or am I obligated to be indifferent to it because it's lifting heavily from Philip K. Dick, via Grant Morrison?

Anyway...assuming Civil War actually finishes by April, there are at least four "epilogue" style books, and six titles with no solicitation information because apparently giving retailers adequate information to base orders on risks spoiling whatever ending they have in mind for the GREATEST COMIC BOOK EVER!!! this week.

Ultimate Spider-Man features Ultimate Ronin.
Apparently Bendis really likes Ronin.

The solicitation for Amazing Spider-Man reads: "A sniper’s bullet changes everything in Peter Parker’s life. Clad in his black costume, Spider-Man will stop at nothing to find the man who pulled the trigger and, even more important, the man who gave the kill order. This is Spider-Man at his darkest hour."
Combined with some of the spoilers floating around about the third Spider-Man film, it really isn't looking good for Mary Jane, is it?

It's kind of cute that they think changing the name of Alpha Flight to Omega Flight and filling the book with D-listers will finally make it sell.

Mighty Avengers features a new, sexy female version of Ultron.
Yes, Frank Cho is drawing the book. How'd you ever guess?
I'm sure sexy female Ultron will look nothing at all like Ms. Marvel, Black Widow or the Wasp, with a slightly different wig and hair color.

Marvel's Beefcake for April

Oh, look, more bondage.


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