Saturday, December 20, 2008

March 2009 Solicitations

March solicitations were posted on the DC website last week. While there are only a couple of guaranteed Supergirl sightings, this is the first month where the Super titles get a bit of a makeover. And as that will impact Kara, I figured I would showcase them here.

Supergirl Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade #4
Written by Landry Q. Walker; Art and cover by Eric Jones

A little orange cat with a big attitude shows up on the scene, but is he friend or foe? And Lena makes a discovery that may change her friendship with Linda forever.

We all had heard that Streaky would show up in this title and it looks like this is the issue. Hopefully he is friend and not foe.

But more intriguing is the first mention of a character named Lena! We old-timers remember the Silver Age Supergirl's friend Lena Thorul, the sister of Lex Luthor who had ESP powers. She didn't know she was Luthor's sister and he even used his powers to keep that knowledge hidden from her.

A friend of Linda Lee's named Lena ... that's gooey sweet news!

Superman: World of New Krypton #1
Written by Andrew Kreisberg; Art by Pete Woods
Cover by Gary Frank; Variant cover by Ladrönn (1:25)

Following the events of the "New Krypton" crossover, the Man of Steel has had to embrace his past to ensure humanity's future. And while a devastating armed conflict with Earth may have been averted, keeping the peace will be Superman's greatest challenge yet.Hot new writer Andrew Kreisberg (BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL) and fan-favorite artist Pete Woods (ACTION COMICS, SUPERMAN: UP, UP AND AWAY!) lead Superman through a world of interstellar treachery and deadly machinations where the lives of two races hang in the balance

So the new series is called World of New Krypton ... maybe an homage to the old World of Krypton mini-series?

My guess is this series revolves around the survivors of New Krypton going around the universe and placing the stolen Brainiac cities on appropriate planets. We have heard about Braal, Winath, and Tharr being in there. Maybe more Legion home worlds are in too?

Action Comics #875
Written by Greg Rucka; Art by Eddy Barrows and Ruy José
Cover by Eddy Barrows and Julio Ferreira
To give the full details of this story would spoil the dramatic finale of the "New Krypton" crossover, and we don't want to do that! Suffice to say, a "World Without Superman" is a very dangerous place, indeed, and the only thing standing between the good (and not so good) folks of Earth and an impending shadow of doom are the all-new Nightwing and Flamebird!Eisner Award-winning writer Greg Rucka (FINAL CRISIS: REVELATIONS) teams with rising star Eddy Barrows (TEEN TITANS) to kick off a bold new era for ACTION COMICS!
This is the new Superman title direction I am most intrigued about. Who are behind the masks? I hope we'll know by this issue. I really enjoy Rucka prior works (outside of his 2 Candor issues in Supergirl) so I have high hopes for this run. And I really like Eddy Barrows work too, especially his Teen Titans stuff. This should be a blast.

R.E.B.E.L.S. # 2
Written by Tony Bedard ; Art and cover by Andy Clarke

Vril Dox – the son of Brainiac – finds himself fleeing from the universe's deadliest bounty hunters as he tries to figure out who stole his intergalactic L.E.G.I.O.N. police force from him. But the more he learns, the less he likes! Guest-starring Supergirl.

I still don't know if I am in for the long haul with this title. But the first 2 issues star Kara and are written by Tony Bedard, so I will give it a try. Bedard did a very credible job with Kara in his issues on her own title and her last few issues as a member of the Legion. As a fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and as someone who collected L.E.G.I.O.N. a while ago, this title might find a spot on my pull list.

Supergirl #39
Written by Sterling Gates; Art by Jamal Igle and Keith Champagne
Cover by Joshua Middleton

"Who is Superwoman?" part 3! Supergirl continues her manhunt for Reactron, determined to bring him to justice for the heinous crimes he committed in "New Krypton"! Meanwhile, Lois Lane and Inspector Mike Henderson investigate the appearance of a dead body in Metropolis Harbor. Whose body is it and what could it have to do with the new Woman of Steel? Find out as the big mystery of 2009 continues!

I am pretty excited for this storyline too. Nothing like a good mystery in a title to get fans interested. I remember the fervor for 'Who is Sensor Girl' so many years ago.

The picture above is on the DC site as the cover, but that is Jamal Igle's splash page to end issue #35. So either Josh Middleton hasn't finished the cover or it reveals something the powers that be don't want us to know.

But I also like that the supporting cast seems to be growing with the introduction of old friend Inspector Henderson. Sounds like this title will continue to roll into 2009.

Superman #686
Written by James Robinson; Art by Renato Guedes and Wilson Magalháes
Cover by Eddy Barrows and Julio Ferreira

Following the startling events of "New Krypton" and the shocking occurrence in the Phantom Zone, Earth finds itself without its greatest protector! Luckily, Metropolis still has a few heroes, like Mon-El and the Guardian. But after years of knowing nothing but the solitude of the Phantom Zone, how will Mon-El acclimate himself to society? And the recently returned Guardian has his hands full with his new position in the Science Police. How can they fill Superman's shoes? They'd better figure it out fast, because dangerous mysteries abound which will carry all the way into 2010!The highly acclaimed writer-artist team of James Robinson and Renato Guedes continue their run on SUPERMAN with or without The Man of Steel!

This is the Super title I am least interested in. I have never been interested in the Guardian as a character. And Mon-El? I have no idea what his back story is in the current continuity. Will Robinson be able to hook me? I guess we'll see.

Ahh, but there was one more solicitation!

Women of DC Universe Bust: Supergirl
Designed by Terry Dodson • Sculpted by Barsom

Terry Dodson adds his vision of Supergirl to the popular WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE bust line! Kara Zor-El, the classic Supergirl, shows her strength by bending a steel bar, while perched atop a Metropolis inspired base. The base complements both the previous Supergirl bust from the Adam Hughes' bust line, as well as the upcoming Superman bust from the new HEROES OF THE DC UNIVERSE line!

What a great statue and a worthy addition to the shrine when it is released! I like Dodson's art and this bust looks wonderful. A happy and strong Kara bending steel in her bare hands! I do like the fact that the base of this bust is the same as the base of Adam Hughes' Supergirl bust. It gives some continuity, some theme to the works. And a half-shirt but a red skirt! I haven't seen that combo before. Perhaps a sign of things to come in her own book?

This hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain bust measures approximately 5.75" high x 3.5" wide x 2.25" deep, is packaged in a 4-color box and is manufactured to order.
$ 55.00 US On Sale August 5, 2009

If your local comic book store is like mine, they will want a down payment before they will order one for you. I plan on taking some of my Christmas fun money and plopping it down for this!

So not a bad month overall. Hopefully we will be closer to knowing who Nightwing, Flamebird, and Superwoman are by then!


TalOs said...

* Supergirl Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade #4 Just sounds to cute to pass up!

* Superman: World of New Krypton #1 - sounds hell intriguin' at least to me! :D

* Action Comics #875 - Hey it's Rucka back on a Super title, how could you loose? (Not to mention I really want to know as to exactly WHO are under the Nightwing and Flamebird guises at that! *Crosses fingers tightly all the while praying to God for 'em 2 to be Kon-El/"Conner Kent" and Linda Danvers in the end here*) However in having had said just that I find it very strange that there are no signs of Steel, Steel II (Natasha), Supergirl or Superwoman for that matter on even that cover?? What's up with that? :/

* R.E.B.E.L.S. # 2 - I simply LOVE all things Legion of Super-Heroes wise and their Brainiac 5 21st Century era own predecessor as well as his L.E.G.I.O.N./R.E.B.E.L.S. team getting there own ongoing again really excites this fan as well as the fact that Waid/Kitson era Legion of Super-Heroes team as well as Supergirl will also be guest starring in this makes it all the more sweeter!

* Supergirl #39 - man I pity Reactron when Supergirl actually finds him! YIKES! And I truly hope that when she does find him unlike her cuz Superman she's more then willing to kill him! After all she was brought up/trained by the Amazon's and their ways of combat so I'd totally see it in character for THIS Supergirl to want to off Reactron come wanting to avenge her father dying by his hands.

As for Superwoman though, something is instinctively telling me she'll turn out to be a double agent originating from Kandor sent by Alura to infiltrate the "enemy" from inside their ranks as working for one of their sectors of the U.S.A. government here.

Superman #686 - Again why is their no mention of I find it very strange that Mon-El is included as well as Guardian II yet there are no signs of Steel, Steel II (Natasha), Supergirl or even Superwoman for that matter on that cover either?? What's up with that? :/

Anj said...
And a half-shirt but a red skirt! I haven't seen that combo before.
Haven't you? It was actually first attempted in the very first issue of JSA Classified Power Girl origin arc ah. (And Amanda Conner made it look sweet at that! :D)

Perhaps a sign of things to come in her own book?
Man I truly hope so ah! I mean, like your good self I too really miss her more worldly wide recognized iconic 84 Supergirl movie/Man of Steel "The Supergirl Saga" Matrix themed Super suit! (Only keep her "M" shaped cut boots including the yellowish/gold trim but do away with the useless red dress colored loops though please!)

Eric said...

OH I like the statue! I just might have to get it!