Thursday, April 24, 2014

July 2014 Solicits

The DC July solicits came out over this week and I have to say there are some pretty significant ups and downs that month. While I am relatively thrilled with the Supergirl proceedings, the whole Doomed storyline looks like it is heading down a path I won't be thrilled about.

Here is a link to Newsarama's complete solicits: http://www.newsarama.com/20913-dc-comics-full-july-2014-solicitations.html

And now the super-solicits!


SUPERGIRL #33
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
Cover by JEFF JOHNSON and CAM SMITH

“Red Daughter of Krypton” – the finale! Faced with a threat from Worldkiller-1 and staggering allegations about her past, Supergirl is forced to question her role as a Red Lantern – and as a hero! Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion to this epic adventure – and its shocking final pages!


Amazingly, the Red Daughter  storyline actually looks like it will be only a few issues long. And it sounds like the right sort of solicit with Kara rediscovering her role as a hero.

And trust me I was thrilled to see this cover with the ring off her finger. Hopefully this arc purges the character of much of the angsty baggage she was carrying and will make her start a true hero's journey.


SUPERGIRL: FUTURES END #1  
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17 32 pg, FC • RATED T 3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US 2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC  

At last, Supergirl reconciles with her father, Cyborg Superman – in the most horrific way possible!








Now DC is also doing Future's End issues in September with lenticular covers like last year's Villains Month. And to get ahead of order snafus that plagued them a year ago, DC is advance soliciting. There are no covers or creative teams.

But there is a blurb about the story. And we get a reconciliation with Zor-El. Now a horrific ending sounds bad but I am hoping that isn't something horrible. How about Zor breaks his conditioning and has to sacrifice himself?

Now plenty of this Future's End business sounds dismal. But I am just happy to see Supergirl be part of the event!


JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #3 Written by JEFF LEMIRE Art and cover by MIKE McKONE
So many questions hang over this nascent team. Will Hawkman sacrifice himself to save Rann, one of Thanagar’s enemies? Will Alanna and Adam ever be reunited? Can Miiyahbin face her fears and become the hero she’s meant to be? And the answer to all of this spells death for one of them.

 The jury is still out on this title and for me it will hinge on how Supergirl is used in the book. If she is a brooding Hulk or Wolverine character, there to make Equinox and Stargirl all the sunnier I'll be unhappy.

And that would be a shame because I think that Lemire probably has great stuff in store for this book. I just don't want him to misuse Kara.


ACTION COMICS #33 Written by GREG PAK Art and cover by AARON KUDER
Superman finally succumbs to the Doomsday virus and transforms into SUPERDOOM! Is anybody in the universe safe from his vast power and fury? How can Superman possibly find a cure for his condition when the Monster of Steel has completely taken over his mind?

And then we move to the Doomed issues.

Just what the DCU needs, more problems to make humanity distrust and hate Superman.

Can even Pak and Kuder make this right? Can't we have a heroic Superman? The inspirational hero?



ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #3 Written by GREG PAK Art by AARON KUDER and KEN LASHLEY Cover by AARON KUDER
As an epic space battle rages above the Earth, how will humanity and the other heroes of the DC Universe cope with this Day of Doom?

And it sounds like, of course, the other DC heroes have to unite to defeat Superman. In The Death of Superman, Superman was the ultimate hero, coming in when the other heroes failed and sacrificing himself. Now, the roles are actually reversed. Superman is the monster.

What is wrong with the DCU??



SUPERMAN #33 Written by GEOFF JOHNS Art and cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON
It’s up, up and away as the titanic team of Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson continue their epic run on the Man of Steel! In their second issue, we learn more about the mysterious Ulysses and what his emergence will mean to Clark Kent and the world. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure is targeting Metropolis with strange mechanical creations...but why? And what dark secret from Clark’s past does it connect to?

No surprise that the Johns/Romita book is kept separate from Doomed. 

I loved Johns' Superman stuff in the past. I am hoping he can continue to fix Superman's image. Let Pak and Johns bring the classic hero back!




SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #8 Written by SCOTT SNYDER Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
It’s all going to hell as cosmic-level war breaks out! The full truth of who — or what — Wraith is finally comes to light!

I talked about this last month. I'll believe it is coming out in July when I see it.


SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #10 Written by CHARLES SOULE Art by TONY S. DANIEL and MATT BANNING Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
Twelfth level intellect Lois Lane uses all her new Psi Power against the God of War, Diana, in the ultimate showdown! And Superman must go up against the new Cyborg Superman as an invading armada arrives in space!

Hmmm ... Cyborg Superman showing up. I wonder if Supergirl gets involved at some point.

But the main thing is that we get the cat fight that DC has been angling for ... Lois vs. Diana. Terrible. 

Lois hasn't been a big part of the New 52. Now she is a villain. Fighting Superman's girlfriend. Terrible.


SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 Written by CHARLES SOULE Art and cover by ED BENES
Only an Annual could contain this chapter of “SUPERMAN: DOOMED”! It’s an all-out assault by the heroes of Earth (superpowered and not) on the God of War, Wonder Woman, who’s leading the charge against all manner of alien attackers. The monstrous Superman smashes through everything friend or foe as his de-evolution reaches a critical stage. It all leads to their best hope: the Phantom Zone?!

And then things get even crazier. Now it sounds like the heroes of Earth are attacking Wonder Woman. While Superman smashes friends and foes alike.

There hasn't been one thing about Doomed that has made me think it is going to be good. 





BATMAN/SUPERMAN #13 Written by GREG PAK Art and cover by JAE LEE
A new arc begins following the events of “FIRST CONTACT.” The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World’s Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is.

Another issue which has been resolicited so many times I don't think I need to cover it. I am hoping this book also rights itself, coming out more consistently.



WORLDS’ FINEST #25 Written by PAUL LEVITZ Art by TYLER KIRKHAM Cover by BARRY KITSON
Power Girl and Huntress return to the ruins of Earth 2, but they question whether their trip was worth the effort as they discover the state of their former home and friends.

Finally heading back home! They shouldn't be too shocked at the state of their former home as they saw it through the portal in First Contact. I don't think I am going to get the Earth 2 weekly. So will this be a jump-off point for me??

I keep waiting for a new creative team. I like Kirkham fine.



SMALLVILLE SEASON 11: LANTERN #4 Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER Art by MARCIO TAKARA Cover by CAT STAGGS
Fighting a pitched battle against the strength of Parallax, John Stewart is able to regain his Green Lantern will. But will the change come in time to defeat Parallax’s minions?

Loving this series. This sounds great. But when ... when!! .... will the Crisis happen!




ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #15 Written by RON MARZ Art and cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER
When a giant robot from outer space crashes into Metropolis Harbor, Superman makes the shocking discovery that the robot was built by none other than his own father, Jor-El!

I love Marz work. I love Doc Shaner's work (check out Flash Gordon!). So this seems fine. Although it seems like a lot of the Adventures seemed to mine Krypton and Jor-El for ideas.

Still. I am going to enjoy this book while it is around.





TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE #2 Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
The Tiny Titans journey to the Fortress of Solitude, where they meet up with the Man of Steel! Can he help them get their treehouse back? Only if he’s not super-busy!

A super-issue with all the Titans sporting S-shields! I am there. This will be a nice palate cleanser after a month of Doomed.

So will Kara shedding the ring be enough to offset Doomed? We shall see!

5 comments:

Jay said...

Can Pak and Kuder make Doomed work? Hells yes they can. There's nothing they haven't touched yet in the mythos that hasn't been a slam dunk, so I see no reason why at the very least their entries into the Doomed event won't be good, if not the entirety of the storyline.

Besides, we were going to need a reason for "people down on Superman" anyway you slice it. For a while. That was going to be a constant post-FE regardless to no fault of the Superman team, but because of Johns' Lex-On-The-League direction. So if you can't avoid it, use it to your benefit, and that's what I see the Superman team trying to do here.

And in regards to SM/WW, don't fall into the "catfight" trap. Nothing has indicated that except angry fans. This will be, essentially, Wonder Woman vs. Brainiac, with Lois's life in the balance.

Anonymous said...

Do you realise that this line:

"Supergirl is forced to question her role as a Red Lantern – and as a hero!"

Probably means she's going to become even LESS heroic? I mean, she's being fairly heroic as a Red Lantern, arguably even more of a hero than she was prior to putting on the ring. If she's forced to question her role as a hero, doesn't that mean she's considering NOT being a hero anymore, rather than going back to being one?

I interpret the sentence with less hope than you do.


I don't even want to think about a reunion between Kara and Cyborg Superman. Kara's death the last time around was the single most abhorrent, disturbing, sick, hopeless and dark moment I've ever witnessed in thirty years of reading DC comics and so the only plot I'd like to see involving Cyborg Superman is one that completely writes that scene out of continuity forever.

Anj said...

Thanks for comments.

I love Pak/Kuder so I'll remain hopeful.

I think it is sad that Lois has to be reduced to this. She has had very little to do in the New 52. So seeing her fight Diana, even if controlled, seems wrong.

And anon, I agree she has been more heroic as a Red. I think this means she will be a hero not because of Rage. But because of other feelings.

And I hated to Cyborg moment too. Let Zor-El die as the Cyborg so someone else can take up the mantle.

Thomas Hayes said...

Did you have any thoughts about the Red Lanterns solicits? Those look pretty heavy as well, the Red Lantern gang war comes to Earth! I wonder if that happens simultaneously with Doomed?

You practically have to take a number and wait in a queue if you want to invade Earth in the DCU. Someone tries it every five minutes, Stormwatch must be really busy behind the scenes...

Jay said...

I'm actually intrigued for Lois and where she'll go after this. This is a violation on every level that Brainiac is putting her through. As such, there is potential here for a personal hatred for Lois to have for a Superman rogue I don't think even seen in Lex. I mean, toe to toe what can she alone do against him, but that's not really the point, its the vendetta in of itself that I think would be fun to explore and keep relevant for years to come. Should they explore it. Which I really hope they do.