Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Foraging For Comics: The October DC Solicits

What's the scariest comic DC will come out with in October?

Written by Frank Miller
Art and cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams
Variant cover by Miller
Batman and Black Canary get down to business - the business of criminal skull cracking! Things heat up in a storm-tossed shipyard as the pair hunts down the mystery man behind the murder of Dick Grayson's parents. Plus, Black Canary isn't the only of Gotham's fairer sex to be roused into action by the Dark Knight's war on crime! Retailers: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. The Standard Edition cover is by Jim Lee & Scott Williams; one copy of the Variant Edition, with a cover by Frank Miller, may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details. This issue is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled. For a signed edition, please see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.
Resolicited; on sale October 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Well, that answers that question.

Written by Joe Kelly
Art by Ian Churchill & Norm Rapmund
Cover by Churchill
Supergirl joins the Outsiders, but does she have what it takes? Plus, meet the boy of Kara's dreams!

Don’t the Outsiders already have a female powerhouse who doesn’t wear underwear?

Written by Dave Gibbons
Art and cover by Gibbons & Michael Bair
A special issue written and pencilled by Dave Gibbons! Guy Gardner is helped by an unlikely savior in his battle against the bounty hunter Bolphunga. Meanwhile, in deep space, Lanterns pursue Thanagar's attackers and Mogo gives comfort. But all is not as it seems...

You gotta love the name “Bolphunga.” It’s so endearingly silly.

Written by Bruce Jones
Art and cover by Renato Guedes
Teenaged runaway Mike Costner is the last OMAC, and he's fighting the evil entity known as Brother Eye for control of his mind and body! Mike has only one person he can trust, a young woman named Vienna, but that means she's number one on Brother Eye's hit list!

You’re kidding…

Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by J.H. Williams III
Does the debut of an incredible new superteam begin here...or is this the end of the line for the most bizarre group of heroes ever known? Fresh from their hit miniseries, seven unique and unlikely soldiers must join forces to save humanity from its own future! The only catch? They can never meet! Klarion, Zatanna, The Manhattan Guardian, Bulleteer, Mister Miracle, Frankenstein and The Shining Knight return for the epic conclusion of the Seven Soldiers mega-series, as the apocalyptic threat of the Sheeda intensifies to a terrifying, unexpected climax. Which of the Seven Soldiers will betray the others? Which two will cross paths? Who will find love at the end of the world? Who will change forever? Who will face the ultimate villain? And which Soldier will die? For all the answers, and much, much more, don't miss SEVEN SOLDIERS #1! Retailers: This issue is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.
Resolicited; on sale October 25 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

The final trade is still on schedule for the 12th of Never.

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Barry Kitson & Mick Gray
Cover by Kitson
Variant cover by Adam Hughes
A 31st century blowout! Supergirl on Krypton? Shadow Lass running for Legion Leader? Plus an ending no one will see coming! Retailers: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. The Standard Edition cover is by Barry Kitson; one copy of the Variant Edition, with a cover by Adam Hughes, may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.

Odds of the Hughes cover showcasing Supergirl’s breasts: Pretty damn good.

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Tony S. Daniel & Kevin Conrad
Cover by Daniel
In Part 3 of "Titans Around the World," the team meets the strange, mysterious and very cute Miss Martian. What's her secret? And how can she help the Titans?

Why do I get the feeling the answer to this will be something very, very stupid?

Written by Jesse Leon McCann
Art by Min S. Ku & Jeff Albrecht
Cover by Scott Jeralds
It's Crisis for Krypto as he and Kevin travel to different dimensions! But will everyone they meet be just as friendly and helpful as the Super Pup himself?

Bonus points if the modern DCU is the scariest place they visit.

Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Brent Anderson
Cover by Alex Ross
The acclaimed ASTRO CITY returns with "Eyes of a Killer," the second story arc in the 16-issue DARK AGE epic by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Alex Ross! The mean streets of Astro City in the 1970s are getting meaner, and Charles and Royal Williams are drawn deeper into the darkness. Against the background of Astro City's most turbulent decade, featuring the Street Angel, Black Velvet, The Apollo 11, Jack-In-the-Box and more, one brother is targeted for death - while the other makes a discovery that could change their lives forever.

Took ya damn well long enough... aw, I can’t stay mad at you!

Written by Neil Gaiman
Art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess and Colleen Doran
Cover by Dave McKean
THE SANDMAN, written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN is also widely considered one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. By the time it concluded in 1996, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right. Now, DC Comics is proud to present this comics classic in an all-new Absolute Edition format. The first of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 1 collects issues #1-20 of THE SANDMAN and features completely new coloring, approved by the author on the first 18 issues, as well as a host of never-before-seen extra material including the complete original Sandman proposal, a gallery of character designs from Gaiman and the artists who originated the look of the Sandman, and the original script for the World Fantasy Award-winning THE SANDMAN #19, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," together with reproductions of the issue's original pencils by Charles Vess. Also included are a new introduction by DC President & Publisher Paul Levitz and an afterword by Gaiman.


Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Mark Buckingham & Steve Leialoha and Paul Guinan
Cover by James Jean
Hansel has been selected by The Adversary to be his personal envoy to Fabletown. There's just one problem: Hansel is not a nice man. But someone has to free Baba Yaga and the captured Wooden Soldiers from the Woodland before the Empire's invasion of the mundy world can begin - and Hansel's just the Fable for the job!

I probably don’t want to know what happened to Gretel, do I?

Designed by Adam Hughes
Sculpted by John G. Mathews
Abracadabra! Zatanna continues the amazing line of Women of the DC Universe busts designed by award-winning illustrator Adam Hughes. This limited-edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain busts measures approximately 5.625" tall X 2.75" wide X 1.75" deep and is packaged in a four-color box.

Is it really a bust if it goes down past the crotch? Do we care?

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

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