Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Foraging For Comics: The May DC Solicits

We interrupt your Week of Lovin' to bring you this crass marketing copy.

BATMAN: YEAR ONE HUNDRED #4
Written by Paul Pope
Art and cover by Pope
How can a man who isn't supposed to exist be in two places at once? Batman continues to baffle both federal agents and GCPD officers as he pursues his mysterious endgame. This action-packed tale reveals the motivation behind the Dark Knight's return in the year 2039.


Now that’s a neat idea. How did I miss the previous issues being solicited?

SUPERMAN #652
Written by Kurt Busiek & Geoff Johns
Art by Pete Woods
Cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Don't miss Part 5 of the 8-part "Up, Up, and Away," written by Kurt Busiek (SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY, JLA/AVENGERS) & Geoff Johns (INFINITE CRISIS, TEEN TITANS) with eye-popping art by Pete Woods (CATWOMAN) and covers by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson (HARLEY QUINN)!
After the startling revelations of ACTION COMICS #838, a damaged, vulnerable Clark Kent tries to continue as Superman - even though a legion of villains - including Silver Banshee and Hellgrammite - are coming after him! Meanwhile, Luthor's discovery from last issue may be the key to destroying Superman and seizing control of Metropolis once and for all. Plus, meet the newest addition to Superman's rogues gallery: Virus!


“Hellgrammite?” Busiek’s vocabulary scares me sometimes. Also, is there another character called Virus somewhere? My mind seems to think there is.

JLA CLASSIFIED #22 & 23
Written by Steve Englehart
Art by Tom Derenick & Mark Farmer
Cover by Mike Zeck & Jerry Ordway
Parts 1 and 2 of the 4-Part "A Game of Chance," written by Steve Englehart (BATMAN: DARK DETECTIVE) with art by Tom Derenick (JLA) & Mark Farmer (JLA: THE NAIL) and covers by Mike Zeck & Jerry Ordway (DEADSHOT covers)! In this amazing story, the spotlight falls on the long-lost "Detroit League": Steel, Vixen, Vibe, Gypsy and team leader Martian Manhunter!
J'onn J'onzz takes the novice members of the untested Justice League to a remote location for some badly needed training -- but as luck would have it, Amos Fortune intends to build up his Royal Flush Gang's reputation by destroying the fledgling group!


You have to wonder if someone dared Englehart to make this League cool.

SECRET SIX #1
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Brad Walker & Jimmy Palmiotti
Cover by Karl Kerschl
From the pages of the smash hit Villains United comes the 6-issue miniseries Secret Six, written by Gail Simone (BIRDS OF PREY, JLA CLASSIFIED) with art by Brad Walker (DETECTIVE COMICS) & Jimmy Palmiotti with covers by Karl Kerschl (ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN)! They're a mysterious team - with a confidential roster - that walks the line between good and evil…and takes on the dirtiest, craziest missions in the DCU. And their first mission is to rescue one of their own from a North Korean prison before he's executed!


Interesting choice of new artists.

TEEN TITANS #36
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Tony Daniel & Kevin Conrad
In Part 3 of "The New Teen Titans," the team is forced to make a trip across the world and into the bizarre Dayton Manor, headquarters of the Doom Patrol! But the Brotherhood of Evil isn't far behind. Meanwhile, Robin discovers a secret about one of the new Titans.


Tony Daniel may just finally kill my interest in this series.

FABLES VOL. 7: ARABIAN NIGHTS (AND DAYS) TP
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Jim Fern, Jimmy Palmiotti and Andrew Pepoy
Cover by James Jean
Collecting issues #42-47 of writer Bill Willingham's Eisner Award-winning creation, FABLES: ARABIAN NIGHTS (AND DAYS) opens a new front in the struggle between the Fables and the Adversary as the worlds of the Arabian Fables are invaded - leading to an unprecedented diplomatic mission to Fabletown and a bad case of culture shock! This seventh volume of the popular Vertigo series also includes "The Ballad of Rodney and June," the
2-part story of forbidden love among the Adversary's wooden soldiers, and features stellar art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Jim Fern, Jimmy Palmiotti and Andrew Pepoy.


Hopefully, “Rodney and June” turned out better than “Heartbeeps.”

BATMAN: DARK VICTORY SERIES 1: ACTION FIGURES
These action figures feature multiple points of articulation and a display base. Packaged in four-color boxes.
Advance-solicited; on sale October 25 o Action Figure o PI COMMISSIONER GORDON 6.5" H
THE PENGUIN & ROBIN 2 pack
4.25" H & 3.75" H
BATMAN 6.75" H
SCARECROW 8.5" H


Dude… Chibi Robin.

That’s all this month. Full solicits are here. Happy hunting.

1 comment:

Yeoman said...

I know right before Zero Hour, The Legion's Shriking Violet used teh codename "Virus."

But I'd swear I saw it somewhere else too.