Monday, June 20, 2005

Foraging For Comics: The September DC Solicits

SUPERMAN #221 Written by Mark Verheiden Art and cover by Ed Benes Superman's being pulled in all directions in an issue that ties into all four miniseries springing from COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS! Omac is running loose. Villains are united. Magic is everywhere. Naturally, it's a perfect time for Bizarro to show up!

Wait, how does Bizarro tie into the Rann/Thanagar War? ... Oh, I'm gonna regret asking that question...

SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT TP Written by Mark Waid Art and cover by Leinil Yu & Gerry Alanguilan A new softcover edition collecting the 12-issue miniseries that features the entire modern-day retelling of Superman by writer Mark Waid and artists Leinil Francis Yu & Gerry Alanguilan. Plus, an introduction by Smallville television producers Al Gough & Miles Millar and a sketchbook section!

This is goin' on the Christmas list.

AQUAMAN #34 Written by John Arcudi Art by Andy Clarke & Leonard Kirk Cover by Patrick Gleason & Christian Alamy Featuring the return of guest artist Andy Clarke (THIRTEEN)! Aquaman is reunited with his wife Mera, only to find she's dying. The only way to save her is take her out of Atlantis, and the only thing standing in Aquaman's way is…Tempest?

No commentary on the comic, just thinking out loud that a "heroes fight sidekicks" month would be kinda cool.

DOOM PATROL #16 Written by John Byrne Art by Byrne & Doug Hazlewood Cover by Byrne In a shocking turn of events, the Doom Patrol loses a member to the dark side when Nudge's full powers and personalities are revealed! But while Nudge takes on the Doom Patrol, Vortex's mysterious "brothers" arrive with a secret mission of their own…

No disrespect to John Byrne, but "Nudge" just does not inspire any grand heroic feelings in me. Then again, neither does "Wolverine," so what the hell do I know?

FIRESTORM #17 Written by Stuart Moore Art by Jamal Igle & Rob Stull Cover by Matt Haley A special VILLAINS UNITED tie-in! Trapped in a remote power installation by the Society, Firestorm - and a mysterious girl called Gehenna - must defeat Black Adam's army of supervillains to escape!

Adam's a busy guy, beating on Firestorm and Superman (in Action Comics), plus whatever other Villains United-related appearances he has to make this month.

JSA CLASSIFIED #3 Written by Geoff Johns Art by Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti Cover by Conner The origin of Power Girl continues as she travels to Gotham to meet the Huntress and finds herself face-to-face with the Crime Syndicate!

They so look like they're about to make out.

VIGILANTE #1 Written by Bruce Jones Art by Ben Oliver Covers by Michael Golden A classic DC character returns in a thrilling 6-issue maxiseries written by fan-favorite Bruce Jones (Hulk) with art by Ben Oliver (THE AUTHORITY: HUMAN ON THE INSIDE) and covers by Michael Golden! Welcome to modern-day Metropolis, where two men with very different philosophies work toward finding justice in an unjust world. Dr. Justin Powell believes in justice for the individual, including the psychotic souls whose whose abuse as children has led them to do terrible things. Vigilante believes in the right of society to be protected from these psychotics with no regard for restraint or the law. Now, the entire city wants to know who the Vigilante is…but who will find him first - the media or the authorities?

I'm calling it right now: Dr. Justin Powell is the Vigilante.

PREACHER VOL. 1: GONE TO TEXAS -NEW EDITION Written by Garth Ennis Art by Steve Dillon Cover by Glenn Fabry A new edition of the trade paperback featuring the classic PREACHER #1-7. Jesse Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across America joined by his girlfriend Tulip and the vampire Cassidy.

Just pointing out that DC's soliciting new editions for all nine volumes of the series for September. If you've got $150 to blow that month, make your pre-order now.

BATMAN KNIGHTFALL: NIGHTWING ACTION FIGURE As Batman's former ward, Nightwing returns to Gotham City during the absence of his mentor to carry on his crusade. This figure features multiple points of articulation and a display base. Packaged in a 4-color blister.

Two things. First, Nightwing's second costume was just as fugly as his first. Second, don't all action figures come packaged in four-color blisters? (For the uninitiated, "blisters" is short for "blister packs," which is what they call the plastic shells affixed to cards that all actions figures (except some Transformers) come in.)

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


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