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Soliciting DC Comics: March 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve done this, having been very busy with work and my new gig doing reviews at Multiversity Comics (look for them weekly!). However, after sifting through solicitations for March, there’s a lot worth talking about and a lot to get excited for.

He Comes in Peace!

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Beginning in March, Justice League of America will feature a Martian Manhunter back-up feature penned by Matt Kindt with art by Scott Clark. DC seem ready to give the man from Mars a major push after his lackluster presence in the New 52 Stormwatch. Kindt is a great writer that is slowly rising through the  ranks at DC, and this will be his highest profile gig yet. I can’t wait to see where he takes Martian Manhunter, a character that has never been handled well in the time I’ve read comics. Here’s hoping he finally gets the recognition he deserves.

From the Ashes

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Much like the aftermath of ‘The Court of Owls’ storyline, the issue following ‘Death of the Family’ sees guest artists and an appearance by mysterious Snyder creation Harper Row. It doesn’t look like things are well for the Bat after the Joker is through with him, but just how bad is anyone’s guess (maybe Didio finally gets to kill Nightwing). In further interesting back-up news, issue #18 will feature art by longtime Bendis collaborator and Marvel mainstay, Alex Maleev. The main story features art by Andy Kubert, a prominent artist in Morrison’s Bat-saga. This issue looks like it will be a great post ‘Death of the Family’ read.

See the Rainbow, Taste the Rainbow!

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Green Lantern #18 continues the ‘Wrath of the First Lantern’ arc, which we next to nothing about at this point. However, if the cover is any indication, we’ll see some major involvement from Hal Jordan and Sinestro, who have recently taken a back seat to Simon Baz. Oh, while we’re on it, how about that amazing Gary Frank cover. Soooooooo many colors + zombies. I’ll take it in poster size.

The Return of the King

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Longtime fans of Vertigo’s “Hellblazer” are pretty bummed about the book’s cancellation and subsequent replacement by the New 52’s “Constantine” #1, but I’m cautiously optimistic. Robert Vendetti is doing great work on Valiant’s “X-O Manowar” and Renato Guedes has recently really come into his own as an artist. “Justice League Dark” hasn’t really been by thing, so I hope this representation of the best conman/magician in comics is up to snuff.

Things Just Got Real

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In an incredible turn of events, “Phantom Stranger” could take a major incredible upswing in quality come March. Not only is legendary writer J. M. Dematteis coming on to co-write the series with Dan Didio, but the stellar Gene Ha will be handling the art for the issue. Nothing against the book’s regular creative team, but this line-up has me extremely excited. The issue features the debut of Lady Luck, a new character teased by Geoff Johns way back before the New 52 began, who will likely play a big role in the upcoming ‘Trinity War.’

All Good Things…

ST_Cv18ANMAN_Cv18_R1In somewhat of a surprise, Scott Snyder and Yannick Paquette will be leaving “Swamp Thing” after issue #18, which acts as both an epilogue for ‘Rotworld’ and a coda for the duo’s year and half of stories. While it’s sad to see them go (I was really interested to see where Snyder would take the character post-‘Rotworld’) rumor has it that DC has snatched up a major new talent to take over the book, so there’s hope for the series. Jeff Lemire, will continue with “Animal Man,” steering Buddy into new territory. After being so closely tied to “Swamp Thing” for 18 issues, it will be nice for Lemire to get to do something different with the character. Also, how about that Jae Lee cover? Fantastic right? What would it take to get that guy on interiors A.S.A.P.?

Vertigo Still Going Strong

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While some are predicting the impending doom of DC’s mature reader’s imprint, I’d argue the imprint is still produces plenty of quality material. Case in point, March’s “Time Warp” continues the series of one-off genre anthologies that began with last year’s “Strange Adventures.” The oversized issue will feature stories from a who’s who of great artists including Matt Kindt, Gail Simone, and Damon Lindelof and such artists as Jeff Lemire and Rafael Albuquerque. While these anthology issues are a little on the pricy side, the amount of content is definitely worth it. There aren’t enough great anthology books out there these days, so if you enjoy them, or you just want to support Vertigo and the creators involved, be sure to check this issue out.

Next Year’s Christmas List Starts Early

After budgeting for a month’s worth of floppy comics, I rarely have funds left over for trade paperbacks/graphic novels. Because of this, I usually just relegate them to an Amazon wishlist and hope that someone is kind enough to gift them to me. Three collected editions that are definitely worth checking out next year are Legion Worlds, The Authority Vol. 1, and Batman Noir. Legion Worlds is the sequel/companion series to Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s Legion Lost series. These writers are known for their great cosmic work, so those looking for a great Legion story should look no further. Also, how can you pass on art by artists like Oliver Coipel, Darwyn Cooke, and Steve Dillon? The Authority Vol. 1 will collect the complete 12 issue run of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch’s groundbreaking Authority run. These are the characters you’ll find in the New 52’s Stormwatch, only way more awesome.  I already have the trades, but this is extremely tempting nonetheless. If you haven’t read this yet, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Finally, Batman Noir is a deluxe hardcover featuring Batman stories by the 100 Bullets team of Brian Azzarello. I’ve never read the ‘Broken City’ arc, but the ‘Flashpoint’ tie-in series and the ‘Wednesday Comics’ arc are worth the price of admission alone. A great pick for any Bat-fan in your life.

And that’s what I’m looking forward to from DC in March 2013. Check back later when I’ll go over Marvel’s solicits, and in the New Year when I do my obligatory best of 2012 list!

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Thoughts on the New 52 #0 Issues: Final Week

Finally. Last week marked the end of Zero Month and as much as I enjoyed some of the issues, it wasn’t quite the event I was hoping it would be. I’m really excited to get back into the ongoing stories, especially with things like Rotworld and Rise of the Third Army coming up this month. Anyway, here are my thoughts on a few books from week four of Zero month.

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Thoughts on the New 52 #0 Issues: Week 2

Last week saw the release of 14 #0 issues at DC. Of course I’m not crazy enough to read all of them, but here’s a few I did read. If you’re interested in hearing about the other books, there’s a great podcast I’ve discovered called Pop Culture Hound. The guys there are reviewing every one of the #0 issues this month, and a lot of the books I read this week were due to their recommendations. Here’s Week 1 and Week 2. Now click on for my thought on the New 52 #0 issues.

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New 52 Power Rankings: July 2012

It’s one month away from the end of the first year of the New 52. I’ll be giving a much bigger overview on my thoughts for year one next month. For now, here’s my top 10 New 52 books of the month.

Top 10 Books

Ranking

Title

Last Month

Months in Top 10

1

Animal Man

 7

10

2

National Comics: Eternity

 N/A

1

3

Green Lantern

 1

11

4

I, Vampire

 4

9

5

Swamp Thing

 2

10

6

Dial H

 6

3

7

Earth 2

 10

3

8

Action Comics

 N/A

7

9

Justice League

 5

10

10

Green Lantern Corps

 N/A

1

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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.

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Soliciting DC Comics: September 2012

It’s common practice in the comic book industry for companies to release solicits for their comic books three months in advance. This is done so that retailers can have plenty of time to plan their purchases for that month and to alert them to any major releases that need special attention. While solicitations are intended to be a tool for retailers, they also give fans a look at what’s coming up in their favorite books. Starting this month I’ll be going over solicitations from major comic companies as they are released and talking about what books look interesting to me. I was inspired to do this by similar articles at the comic site multiversity.com. Today DC Comics released their solicits for the month of September and with them comes news of zero issues, new series, and some cancellations. DC’s full solicitation list can be found here. Continue reading

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The New 52: Zero Issues and the Third Wave

Oh man I love news like this. Today DC announced that they would be releasing #0 issues for all New 52 books in September, in conjunction with the one year anniversary of the New 52. These “0” issues will act as a kind of prequel to the #1 issues released last year, providing back-story and important revelations for the New 52. If that wasn’t exciting enough, DC also announced that they would roll of the third wave of New 52 books that month as well. Similar to the second wave, these 4 books will replace under-performing titles in the New 52. DC has already announced the cancellation of Justice League International and is likely to announce the other three in the near future. Much like I did after the announcement of the second wave, I’ll give my thoughts on the new books as well as my initial interest level.

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Batman Incorporated #1

I’ve been a huge fan of Grant Morrison’s Batman run since the Batman R.I.P. arc. I know I’ve talked about it a lot in this blog, very recently in fact. The story was set to conclude in vol. 1 of Batman Inc., which launched back in 2010. The series was very good, but was plagued by delays. Ten issues were solicited, but only 8 were actually released before DC launched the New 52 and the book was put on hiatus. The last two issues were released as a single issue titled “Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes” late last year, wrapping up what Morrison called the “first season” of Batman Inc. Now, as a part of DC’s second wave of New 52 books, we have vol. 2 of Batman Incorporated. The big questions here is how is Morrison going to finish his multi-year long epic now that DC’s universe has been rebooted. How much of the original run still happened the way it was presented and how will this affect the conclusion of the story? Well, going off of this issue, the answer is not very much. Morrison comes back in full force with a first issue that rivals that of his own Batman and Robin #1.

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A Great Place to Start: Batman

One of the reasons I started this blog was to help new readers get into comic books. I admit, sometimes I get so caught up in what I’m reading and what I’m excited about that I probably don’t do the best job of that. So, in an attempt to do better I’ll be doing a series of posts called “A Great Place to Start”. The title comes from these cheesy commercials a college from my hometown runs, where people just walk around whispering “it’s a great place to start, pass it on” in each others ears. It’s a silly commercial, but I like the idea here. If you see something here that you think sounds interesting, go check it out. I’ll try to only post things that I’ve read or know a lot about, so that I know the book or series is new reader friendly. I’ll also include links to Amazon so you can find the book quickly and easily. If you do find something you like, pass it on to your friends.

This week, I’m going to be focusing on a character everyone knows about, Batman. Batman is probably one of the most accessible comic characters out there due to the media saturation the character has received. Almost everyone knows at least the basic origin and idea behind Batman and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne. Here are some great Batman stories that can be easily enjoyed with little knowledge about Batman.

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Annual Extravagana!

From what I garner from the history books, there was a time where it was common for comic book companies to issue special “annual” issues in a series. These annuals would usually deviate from the normal ongoing storyline of the book, would contain a far greater number of pages than a normal issue, and would sometimes tie into other annuals to tell a bigger story. Now, I speak of annuals as old hat somewhat sarcastically. DC and Marvel have both still released annual issues of some of their series through recent years, though it has been on an inconsistent basis and with even more inconsistent quality. DC looks to be shaking that up a bit in the New 52. DC currently has 8 annual issues slated, 3 of which are to be released this month and 5 in August. It’s worth noting that May and August are months with 5 Wednesdays and that 7 of the 8 annuals are to be released on the 5th Wednesday. If this is an ongoing trend we can expect another batch of annuals in October as well.  I’m going to take a look at what we know about the currently announced annuals, because some of them look pretty darn interesting.

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