Saturday, September 25, 2010

December 2010 Solicits

 The DC December solicits are up on Newsarama and looks like a good month for comics. Here is the link for all the solicits: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/december-2010-dc-solicitations-100920.html

And here are the Super-titles with my usual comments.



SUPERGIRL #59
Written by STERLING GATES
Art by JAMAL IGLE
Cover by AMY REEDER
A dangerous new foe has it in for Cat Grant, and as much as Supergirl'd like to see Cat get what's coming to her, The Girl of Steel has no choice but to get involved! This one's got it all - Arkham Asylum, Superwoman, the Justice League of America, and a couple of twists and turns you won't see coming!

I am glad that the Toyman subplot that has been percolating for some time is coming to the forefront. I wonder if Cat changes her mind about Supergirl after this issue. The Arkham visit must be concerning the Toyman. This isn't the first time Supergirl has been there. I wonder if a reference to the Superman/Batman Kara/Tim issue will be made.

And more Superwoman. I can't wait for round 2! (Or is it round 3 given WoS?).

Glad to see Jamal Igle on the credit list.


JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #52
Written by JAMES ROBINSON

Art by MARK BAGLEY, ROB HUNTER & NORM RAPMUND
Cover by MARK BAGLEY & ROB HUNTER
1:10 Variant cover by DAVID MACK
With Washington, D.C. in the hands of The Omega Man and the full extent of his horrific power revealed, the JLA is forced to make a difficult decision. Is there no choice for the World’s Greatest Heroes but to team with the World’s Worst Villains – the Crime Syndicate – in order to save both Earths? How will this desperate action be affected by Ultra Man’s betrayal of everyone. . . and the reappearance of Dark Supergirl?
 

 Okay. First off, what a doozy of a variant by David Mack. Looks like I am going to break my 'no variant' rule again.

I have been pleased with how Robinson is treating Supergirl in JLA. It is better than what we saw in Cry for Justice. And I am thrilled to see Dark Supergirl coming back. As I said before, I never was pleased with the resolution of that story so hopefully Robinson is able to make more sense of it.

And I really hope Supergirl kicks the snot out of Ultra Man.


BRIGHTEST DAY #15-16
Written by GEOFF JOHNS & PETER J. TOMASI

Art by IVAN REIS, PAT GLEASON,
ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK and JOE PRADO

Covers by DAVID FINCH & SCOTT WILLIAMS
1:10 Variant covers by IVAN REIS
The hottest series in comics blazes on as the legacy of the new Aqualad is forged and the extent of his powers is revealed! Plus, Aquagirl joins the battle, and Firestorm seeks out the Justice League’s help!


I haven't been blown away by Brightest Day because it feels a bit too staccato for me. With a few pages devoted to each character, I don't get enough of any. I have enjoyed the Alive Man and Hawks stories the most.

Anyways, Supergirl graces the cover here so we will finally see an official Finch Kara. And as this book is DC's biggest seller, any publicity for Supergirl is welcomed.



SUPERMAN #706
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Art by EDDY BARROWS
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
1:10 Variant cover by SAMI BASRI
The epic "Grounded" story arc brings The Man of Steel to Des Moines, Iowa! A chance encounter there, however, suddenly thrusts Superman back in time. So somehow he's Superboy again, the world is on the brink of nuclear Armageddon and it's all his fault!
Retailers please note: This issue's content was previously solicited for issue #705. 

So, after just a couple of months, we already are seeing an 'interlude issue' in Grounded and delays by the main creative team. I didn't have the energy to post about it when it was first announced. Am I allowed to say that the momentum for Grounded has ground to a halt? I am actually looking forward to the Lois issue ... maybe more than the main issues.

This story was solicited before but with a different cover. I wonder if this cover is supposed to be for the story after this one. I am pretty sure (whenever we read this cover's story) that this will be the first appearance of the 'new' Wonder Woman. I was hoping she wouldn't cross over into main continuity until everyone was sure that the current new timeline isn't going away.


ACTION COMICS #896
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Co-feature written by NICK SPENCER
Art by PETE WOODS
Co-feature art by RB SILVA
Cover by DAVID FINCH
Part 1 of a 2-part crossover with the Secret Six! Lex Luthor doesn't want to get his hands dirty fighting Vandal Savage (that Black Ring energy ain't gonna find itself!), so he hires Savage's daughter Scandal and her Secret Six team to take the immortal villain down for him! Continued in SECRET SIX #29!
    And in the hit new JIMMY OLSEN co-feature, Jimmy signs up for a "Win a Date" auction, but much to his surprise, so does his ex, Chloe Sullivan! While Jimmy ends up on a date with CrazyPants McGee, Jimmy's archrival snags Chloe! D'oh! And wait, are those wedding bells we hear? Better hope they don't toll for thee, Olsen!

I keep hoping and hoping that this Luthor story will grab me. I'm not a Secret Six guy so I don't think is going to help matters. 

I am getting more and more intrigued by the Jimmy Olsen co-feature. The artwork seems slick and Nick Spencer has sounded pretty excited by it. 



ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #13
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Art by MARCO RUDY and ED BENES
Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
While present-day Lex Luthor is busy fighting an array of the DCU's most vile foes over in ACTION COMICS, this annual takes a look back at two formative encounters Luthor had before he became the bald mad genius we know and love (to hate) today! Marco Rudy illustrates a story of young Lex and Darkseid, while Ed Benes tackles a tale starring Luthor and Batman foe Ra's al Ghul!

Nice cover by Van Sciver.

I wonder if these stories will have any bearing on the current arc or if they are just stories. I don't necessarily know if I like the concept of a young Luthor meeting Darkseid. Seems a bit contrived. Hopefully the story is solid.

But I do like the idea of Luthor and Al Ghul meeting. I wonder if they will get along or hate each other. I don't think there is room for middle ground. And I think most megalomanics hate other megalomaniacs. This one sounds good.





SUPERBOY #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by PIER GALLO
Cover by phil noto
1:10 Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH
The vegetation of Smallville is out of control, and all evidence points to Poison Ivy as the cause! Superboy's friend Simon thinks there might be more to this than meets the eye, but he'll have a hard time convincing Superboy of that now that he's in the thrall of Ivy!

With the popularity of Batman and Poison Ivy, this crossover seems like a way to keep new readers reading. I like Ivy so it will be good to see her tussle with Conner.

And as a huge Phil Noto fan, I am thrilled he is on the title as cover artist.

So overall, a nice month. I'm almost glad there were no unanticipated issues as I am usually broke around the holidays.

15 comments:

Gene said...

I really like the cover to Supergirl #59. Even while they are standing together you can sense the tension between the two of them.

I like Kara's post New Krypton hairstyle. If Mattel or DC Direct ever releases a retooled Supergirl figure (with Jamal Igle's alterations) I hope they give her shorter hair.

Mauricio said...

These has been on some forum:

Jamal Igle did try to get BVirds of Prey but didn't 'won'.

HIs last Supergirl issue is #60.

Jason said...

I hate to revive the great shorts debate, but did anyone notice the red shorts on the Brightest Day cover solicit? I like the look.

TalOs said...

Heh just LOVE seeing Supergirl and Cat's shocked expressions on SUPERGIRL #59! :-D

Question - if "Dark Supergirl" first came about due to Lex having had exposed Kara to black Kryptonite at the time and if by Wonder Woman "fusing" the 2 Karas back into 1 (while both Karas were ensnared in her golden magic lasso) then how is it that Dark Supergirl can exist on her own now?? :-/

valerie21601 said...

Question - if "Dark Supergirl" first came about due to Lex having had exposed Kara to black Kryptonite at the time and if by Wonder Woman "fusing" the 2 Karas back into 1 (while both Karas were ensnared in her golden magic lasso) then how is it that Dark Supergirl can exist on her own now??

Read the story and find out?

Anonymous said...

MiGhod, Cat Grant is the worst dressed woman in Metropolis and the DCU itself IMHO.
Everyone rants and raves about Kara's navel and meanwhile this cougar is prowling around the background tarted up in leopard print skirts...
Just sayin'

John Feer

TalOs said...

valerie21601 - was that sarcastic reply really necessary?

John Feer - lol! Heh so true! :-P

Anj said...

I like Kara's post New Krypton hairstyle. If Mattel or DC Direct ever releases a retooled Supergirl figure (with Jamal Igle's alterations) I hope they give her shorter hair.

I also like her new look. I hope Bagley starts to show it in JLA.

Anj said...

I hate to revive the great shorts debate, but did anyone notice the red shorts on the Brightest Day cover solicit? I like the look.

I'm just glad that he knew there were shorts.

Can't wait to see Supergirl in Brightest Day.

valerie21601 said...

TalOs- valerie21601 - was that sarcastic reply really necessary?

lol-you walked into that one.

Even I admit I have made a bonehead comment or two on here and I wish I could remove but can't.

Mart said...

Anj, did you read the Jimmy Olsen preview? Amazingly entertaining stuff.

Anonymous said...

BTW apropos of nothing but issue by issue, Jamal Ingle gets ever closer to the rarified orbit of ,.. Curt Swan.
And THAT
Is the highest compliment I can pay a comic book artist...

:D

John Feer

Mart said...

Very sharp observation John. Jamal, inked by Jon Sibal, is producing exceptional work, with echoes of Curt - panel 3 of page 1 and panel 4 of page 18, for example. There's a naturalness, a sweeetness and delicacy that has the spirit of Swan, while remaining Jamal and Jon.

Well done to the lads too, in panel 2 of page 1, for actually drawing the belly of a seated person as it would be - with identifiable rolls of flesh. This is fine work.

Gene said...

Interesting. Just a few days ago I came to the conclusion that Jamal Igle's signature style of drawing Supergirl is in the same vein of how Curt Swan drew Superman. Funny how we all thought of that at the same time.

Anj said...

Haven't read Olsen yet but everyone is raving about it so I can't wait.

The Igle-Swan comparison is apt as Jamal has really become 'the Supergirl' look in my mind (at least for this incarnation. I loved Gary Frank's version in the early PAD title for the Linda Danvers SG). To be compared to Swan, that has to be high praise for any comic artist.