Soliciting DC Comics: October 2012

I’m back again and only one week late with DC’s previews for comics to be released this coming October. The New 52 moves into its second year and you have to wonder how much longer that moniker is going to stick. There’s a lot of great stuff coming from DC in the fall, click on to see the best of the best.

The Third Army Wants You!

The next big Green Lantern event, entitled “Rise of the Third Army,” kicks off in October. The event will take place across all four GL titles and will pay off on story lines that have been building since the last GL event, War of the Green Lanterns. Geoff Johns puts the Guardians of the Universe into full on bad guy mode, while Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and Sinestro are nowhere in sight. This event will feature the new Green Lantern introduced in the New 52 Free Comic Book Day issue, who is also featured prominently on the 4-part interlocking cover by artist Ivan Reis. It’s really great to see Reis doing GL art again, even if it’s just covers. Oh, and how about that new Star Sapphire uniform Carol Ferris is sporting? Guess she got tired of being ogled by drooling fanboys. The GL events hit their peak with Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night. I kind of feel like the set up for this event has been a little rushed, but I really hope this one will bring the GL title back to its former glory.

The Dark Knight Keeps Rising

This is a HUGE month for Batman fans. First, Scott Snyder is beginning  his next big mega-arc featuring the return of the Joker, titled “Death of the Family,” hearkening back to the story of the death of the second Robin at the hands of the Joker. Snyder promises that this will be the Joker at his most disturbing. Considering how well Snyder handled the Joker in his Black Mirror story, I have high hopes for this one. Second, John Layman, writer of Image’s “Chew,” will be taking over as writer of Detective Comics with artist Jason Fabok. This is great news as it is a fresh new voice on DC’s biggest character. Third, and most important in my eyes, Grant Morrison will be returning to the future storyline he created back in Batman #666 in which Damian Wayne is Batman and Gotham is worse than ever. This will mark the third time Morrison has depicted this future (the second time was in Batman #700). This future draped in mystery since it’s debut. It is unknown what events led to it or if it is even meant to be the direct progression of Morrison’s bat story line at all. With the New 52 mucking everything up, Morrison’s Bat story might as well be an elseworlds at this point. God alone knows what in the world Morrison has planned in Batman Incorporated as he finally wraps up his Batman epic, but with stories like this I can’t wait to see what happens.

Everybody Wants to Rule Rotworld

After a whole year of buildup, the crossover between Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing and Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man is finally here. This event has the potential to be the New 52’s Sinestro Corps War in terms sheer awesome from a small package. It’s looking like the story will be jumping into an apocalyptic future we’re the rot has decimated the world’s heroes. While the action will focus on Swampy and A-Man, Poison Ivy, Beast Boy, Deadman, John Constantine, and the Justice League Dark will also play important roles here. Just look at those covers. If this event is even half as awesome as that it will be worth looking into.

No Funny Business, Buy Earth 2

I cannot make it clear enough how much I am enjoying James Robinson and Nicola Scott’s Earth 2. Issue #5 will apparently feature a big brawl between Green Lantern and Grundy, but that’s not the main draw of this issue. What could be more exciting than that you ask? Oh, I dunno, maybe the début of Earth 2 Sandman! Yep, he’s coming, as confirmed by Robinson last week at Comic Con. This book just keeps getting better.

Black and Blue

In a somewhat surprising use of DC properties, Black Lightning and the Blue Devil will make their New 52 debuts in DC Universe presents #13. I’m not sure why, because I have no real attachment to these characters, but I’m extremely excited about this story arc. Maybe it’s the awesome redesigns by artist Brett Booth. If you like your superheroing to be a little obscure (I sure do) check this one out.

Ghost Like Swayze!

I’m a sucker for anthology comic books, especially the ones that Vertigo has been releasing lately. $7.99 is a bit steep for a single issue, but when that gets you 80 pages of stories from some of the biggest names in comics it’s a  pretty good deal. October’s “Ghost” is extremely special because it features (to my knowledge) the Vertigo writing début of Geoff Johns. Other creators featured include Joe Kubert, Paul Pope, Phil Jiminez, and Jeff Lemire. Oh, and the cover is by Dave Johnson. Definitely a great treat just in time for Halloween.

And there you have it, my picks of the best and brightest coming from DC in October. Check back soon as I look at what Marvel has up their sleeves and more!

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