Monday, May 16, 2005

Foraging For Comics: The August DC Solicits

BATGIRL #67 Written by Andersen Gabrych Art and cover by Alé Garza & Jesse Delperdang
Guest-starring the Birds of Prey! On a quest to learn the identity of her mother, Cassandra Cain must travel to the Aegean Sea to find the elusive Lady Shiva. But to track down the world’s deadliest assassin, Batgirl requires assistance from the Birds of Prey! It’s high-flying adventure as the Bat and the Birds team up!

Hopefully, this will work out better than it did the last time one of Batman’s sidekicks tried this.

ROBIN #141 Written by Bill Willingham Art and cover by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens
As Tim prepares to make the biggest decision of his life — whether or not to leave Batman’s employ for a Black Ops job in the U.S. government — an old flame comes back into his life. The problem? This one died in the Gotham Gang War. Love has never been so creepy!

Because when you think Robin, you think Black Ops.

IDENTITY CRISIS HCWritten by Brad Meltzer Art by Rags Morales & Michael Bair Covers by Morales & Bair and Michael Turner
The most talked-about and successful miniseries of 2004 — the story that has created ripple effects throughout the DC Universe for many years to come — is now available in a stunning hardcover volume! New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer (GREEN ARROW) teams with artists Rags Morales & Michael Bair (WONDER WOMAN) and cover artist Michael Turner (SUPERMAN/BATMAN) to deliver an all-too-human look into the lives of super-heroes, and the terrible price they pay for doing good.
When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire super-hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets! But before the mystery is fully solved, a number of long-buried secrets rise to the surface, threatening to tear apart and divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious killer to justice.
Bonus features for this special hardcover edition include extended commentary by Meltzer and Morales, the rest of the creative team talking about their favorite moments, a look at Morales's sketchbook and more! Retailers please note: This hardcover will ship in two editions available on different order lines featuring covers by Morales & Bair (BOOK MARKET VERSION) and Turner (DIRECT MARKET VERSION). See order form for details.

Okay, the alternate cover thing for each market is a good idea. Especially since this way, the retailers don’t have to worry about which cover to order.

DC’S GREATEST IMAGINARY STORIES TPWritten by Otto Binder, Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel and others Art by Bob Kane, Dick Sprang, Curt Swan and others Cover by Brian Bolland
DC Comics collects some of the best imaginary stories featuring Superman, Supergirl, Batman, and the Flash from 1946-1967! Featuring an introduction by Comics Buyer's Guide's Craig Shutt,
and a new Brian Bolland cover!

Oh, this sounds cool. It might go on my Christmas list.

JSA: LOST TPWritten by Geoff Johns Art by Dave Gibbons, Jerry Ordway, Sean Phillips and others Cover by Jerome K. Moore
A new collection including JSA #59-67, featuring a thrilling story arc and a tie-in to IDENTITY CRISIS! The JSA visit old friends and new as they rectify injustices, aware that as they fix one problem, an even larger one is brewing in the timestream!

Already? Black Reign comes out in June.

TEEN TITANS #27Written by Gail Simone Art and cover by Rob Liefeld
A can’t-miss mind-blowing 2-part story by superstar creators Gail Simone (BIRDS OF PREY) and Rob Liefeld (X-Force)! An old foe of Hawk and Dove returns to create chaos on a cosmic scale! Can the Titans save the day?

I’m torn here. On the one hand, not a fan of the Liefeld. On the other, am a fan of the Gail, and of the Titans. I will probably make this decision in the store.

Written by Alan Moore Art and cover by Dave Gibbons
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of WATCHMEN — the classic 12-issue miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons — with Watchmen: The Absolute Edition, the first hardcover of this classic work in more than a decade!
This oversized (8.25" x 12.5") hardcover collection, packaged inside a beautifully designed slipcase, will be the cornerstone of any serious comic book collection. Each page of art has been restored and recolored by WildStorm FX and original series colorist John Higgins and approved by Gibbons to appear as originally intended.
Additionally, this grand tome will include 48 pages of supplemental material produced exclusively for the Graphitti Designs Watchmen hardcover edition and not seen since their original publication. Included therein is a cornucopia of rare and historically valuable treasures, including samples of Moore's WATCHMEN scripts, the original WATCHMEN proposal, Gibbons’s conceptual art, cover roughs, and much, much more!

Whoa, mamma.

Y: THE LAST MAN #36Written by Brian K. Vaughan Art by Pia Guerra & José Marzan Jr. Cover by Massimo Carnevale
Series co-creator Pia Guerra returns for a special stand-alone issue that finally reveals the whole story behind Yorick Brown's long-lost true love, Beth Deville. As Yorick risks his life to travel halfway around the world in search of this alluring young woman, Beth must survive her own trial by fire.

This’ll be a fan favorite.

That's all this month. Full solicits are here:


1 comment:

collectededitions said...

I thought the new JSA trade so soon after JSA: Black Reign was a little suspect, too. Seems to me DC's trying to catch up all their current trades to "real time" as soon as possible, which I'm happy to see. Anyway, if you're curious, I have comments on DC's August trade paperbacks here.

Nice blog!