Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Foraging For Comics: The DC April Solicits

One of my guiltiest pleasures is sifting through the monthly comic solicits as they're released online and seeing what's coming. Part of it is planning my comic buying three months in advance, but another part is just looking at all the neat stuff coming out. So hey, why not blog it?

Starting right now, I'll go through the solicits for every major monthly publisher and pick out stuff that grabs my interest. It won't necessarily be stuff that's on my planned buying list, or the big product for every month, just something I find neat. Which isn't to say I won't use this to ruthlessly pimp certain projects, but I'll try to keep that to the minimum.

Grab your pith helmets, kids; there be comics in that thar jungle!

BATMAN #639 Written by Judd Winick Art and Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen Cover by Matt Wagner
The identity of the Red Hood has been revealed - now a new story arc begins! But what other villains lurk in the Gotham night? Shocking revelations and age-old enemies make Part 1 of "Family Reunion" a can't-miss!

All of this lends more credence to the theory that the Hood is a returned Jason Todd, best known as the Robin the fans hated and voted to kill. Also, Batman looks like he's blasting a major fart on the cover.

NIGHTWING #107 Written by Devin Grayson Art and cover by Phil Hester & Ande Parks
Featuring the new NIGHTWING creative team of writer Devin Grayson and artists Phil Hester & Ande Parks (GREEN ARROW)! Dick has left Bludhaven, and the only people he can trust are those who'd kill him if they knew his secrets. He's in over his head, alone, and it's only going to get more dangerous!

I loved Hester and Parks on GA, but even they're not enough to get me to try Grayson's fanfic version of Nightwing.

The second critically acclaimed LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN miniseries by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill is given the Absolute treatment, arriving as a stunning oversized, slipcased two-book hardcover set! The 224-page Book One contains the thrilling 6-issue miniseries, complete with the Almanac of fantastic places, while the 224-page Book Two contains Alan Moore's entire scripts for the graphic novel, a rare and wonderful treat for any fan of sequential storytelling. Included in the script book are a number of pages of Kevin O'Neill art reproduced from the pencils and printed here for the first time. This epic Victorian adventure continues in grand fashion as our intrepid band of heroes - Mina Murray, Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Thomas Jekyll and the Invisible Man (a.k.a. Hawley Griffin) - once again face a dire threat. Only this time it's not just the fate of an Empire that hangs in the balance - but that of the entire world! Don't miss the gorgeous Absolute presentation of an incomparable adventure! $75.00 US

DC is taunting me.

VERTIGO: FIRST TASTE TP Written by Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Brian K. Vaughan, Brian Azzarello, Warren Ellis, and Si Spencer Art by Chris Bachalo, Eduardo Risso, Darick Robertson and Jerome K. Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben, Mark Buckingham, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan, Jr., and Dean Ormston Design cover
You've heard the VERTIGO buzz but for some reason never took the plunge...well, now you've run out of excuses! VERTIGO FIRST TASTE is a specially priced collection that allows readers entry into the most influential and provocative imprint in comics. Collecting the premiere issues of six different Vertigo series, this special 168-page trade paperback carries a suggested retail price of only $4.99 US, making it easier than ever for the curious to see why Vertigo has become synonymous for quality comics. The six issues included are Y: THE LAST MAN #1 (written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Pia Guerra & Jos� Marzan, Jr.), 100 BULLETS #1 (written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso), THE BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME #1 (written by Si Spencer and illustrated by Dean Ormston), SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #21 (the first issue written by comics legend Alan Moore with art by Stephen Bissette & John Totleben), TRANSMETROPOLITAN #1 (written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Darick Robertson & Jerome K. Moore) and DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING #1 (written by the best-selling co-creator of THE SANDMAN Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Bachalo & Mark Buckingham). You'll never forget your FIRST TASTE.

Now this is a cool idea. I heartily recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried one or more of these series. You oughta find something to like. Props to DC for this.

The complete solicits are here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=4689

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