Friday, July 24, 2009

October Solicits - I Am Going To Be Broke

DC Comics released its October solicits last week ( ) and it is clear that I am officially going to be broke before the holidays. Between the super-titles (which seem to be multiplying) and the Blackest Night tie-ins, my DC pull list is getting pretty thick.

The sad thing is that as a result, some titles I might be interested in trying, like Batgirl and Azrael, will probably stay on the shelf. JLA and JSA were on life support but I will give the new teams some time.

Anyways, here are the solicits with some comments.

Written by James Robinson
Art and cover by Mauro Cascioli
How far would you go for justice? The heroes have found themselves turning to darker tactics in their search for retribution. Starman and Congorilla have captured the killers who took down some of their friends, but now what do they do with them? Meanwhile, Green Lantern and company wrestle with the idea of torturing villains for information in order to save lives.
On sale October 7

It was clear from the first issue that Starman and Congorilla were the most upset and unhinged. And with the least baggage, there certainly would be more leeway for them to do something outrageous like kill or maim.

But torture? Green Lantern considering torture!? My guess is they don't cross the line.

Written by James Robinson & Greg Rucka
Art by Pete Woods
Cover by Gary FrankVariant cover by Joe Kubert
On a mission in space, Superman and his fellow Kryptonians encounter the might of the Thanagarian Army. Can Superman keep things peaceful between the two races – or will The Man of Steel discover that Hawkman’s legendary temper is shared by all his people?
On sale October 7

I have to say that I haven't been following the Rann-Thanagar story at all so I hope that this is consistent. But a possible Thanagar-Krypton war would be a wild story. That cover looks great.

Now I am not usually a variant cover guy but I might cave to get some Joe Kubert Hawkman art.

Written by Geoff Johns; co-feature written by Geoff Johns & Michael Shoemaker
Art by Francis Manapul, co-feature art by Clayton Henry
Covers by Francis Manapul
Superboy is back and hunting for Lex Luthor! He can’t find Luthor on his own, and he needs help from his best friend Tim Drake, a.k.a. Robin. But Tim’s now traveling the globe under the alias of Red Robin! The boys’ reunion isn’t all smiles and hugs, as Conner discovers that Tim has been hiding a great many secrets from the newly returned Boy of Steel. And they’re secrets that could destroy their friendship! Plus, in the Legion of Super-Heroes co-feature, the intergalactic odd couple known as Sun Boy and Polar Boy team up to figure out what’s up with the menace trying to destroy the universe.
On sale October 14

How can I not add this title to my pull list. Now that the Legion roster and timeline has been semi-cleared up by Final Crisis:Legion of Three Worlds, I have to get the 'four-boot'. More than the Conner story, the LSH feature is what is grabbing me. And a Sun Boy/Polar Boy story sounds pretty fun.

Written by Greg Rucka & Sterling Gates; co-feature written by James Robinson & Greg Rucka
Art by Julian Lopez; co-feature art by CAFU
Cover by CAFU
“The Hunt for Reactron” part 3! Supergirl and Flamebird continue their slugfest, with poor Nightwing caught in the middle! Wait, isn’t that man standing over there the same Reactron who murdered Supergirl’s dad and Flamebird’s surrogate father? Get him! Continued in SUPERGIRL #46... And in the new Captain Atom co-feature, the mystery of where (and when) Captain Atom is heats up when someone with a connection to Metropolis arrives on the scene. But are they friend or foe?
On sale October 14

Well it's official, Cafu can draw a great Supergirl. That cover is captivating.

As for the story, I have to see just why Kara/Thara have decided to beat on each other. Seems a bit odd. Maybe Alura (always a convenient plot device) has sent Supergirl to bring Flamebird home? Anyways, I hope that the two can put whatever issues they have aside to take out the common foe of Reactron.

Written by Sterling Gates & Greg Rucka
Art by Jamal Igle & Jon Sibal
Cover by Joshua Middleton

Continuing from ACTION COMICS #882, “The Hunt for Reactron” concludes! It’s the final showdown between Flamebird, Supergirl and the man who killed their father. And for the Daughters of Zor-El, that means it’s payback time. Will Reactron make it out alive? Or is Nightwing the only one who can save them all?
On sale October 21

I am sure that the 'Daughters of Zor-El' isn't literal. Thara was like an adopted daughter. I worry for Chris. He is weaker than the average Kryptonian and Reactron is a tough customer. But if Green K didn't effect him than I doubt Gold K will do anything to him as well.

Written by Art Baltazar & Franco
Art and cover by Art Baltazar
The first rule of the All Pet Club issue is: Please tell everyone you see today about the All Pet Club issue! The second rule of the All Pet Club issue is: Please tell everyone you see tomorrow about the All Pet Club issue! After all, it's not just Pet Club – it's Pet Club in space!
On sale October 21

Supergirl in Tiny Titans? More Streaky? How can I say no?

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank & Jon Sibal
Covers by Gary Frank

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s exploration of the origin of the greatest Super Hero of all time continues! In this second issue, readers will witness young Clark Kent’s initial journey into the late 30th century as Superboy and see how meeting the Legion of Super-Heroes shapes the Superman he will one day become! Plus, more on the beginnings of the young Lex Luthor!
On sale October 28

There has definitely been more of a Silver Age feel to the DCU lately. And Johns doesn;t seem to be shying away from the Levitz-era Legion feel as seen in the Action Comics Legion storyline from a year ago. He even has Lightning Lad with a robot arm.

So this cover seems very natural to me with the sweet as pie Saturn Girl and the upside-down rocket clubhouse. Should be a good read.

Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Julian Lopez
Covers by Phil Noto
After tracking down a threat to The Man of Steel – and all of Metropolis – Red Robin must team up with the new Kryptonian Nightwing to end this mysterious threat and rescue Flamebird. But is all this just a red herring to distract the heroes from an even bigger threat to Gotham City and New Krypton? Be here to find out in this 4-issue miniseries from rising star writer Sterling Gates (SUPERGIRL) and artist Julian Lopez.
On sale October 28

Well this is sort of an unexpected treat. After writing about wanting a Tim Drake/Supergirl World's Finest comic last week I see that a Tim Drake/Chris Kent World's Finest is already solicited. This should be a good read. I haven't 100% warmed up to Chris Kent so it will be good to seem him interact with other members of the DCU. And it is written by Sterling Gates and drawn by Julian Lopez so there is some talent on board. Both are enmeshed in the super-titles so this should fit seamlessly into the current super-title's goings on.

And my love of Phil Noto art is well known so I look forward to the covers. I hope we get to see Kara in one of these issues.

Written by James Robinson
Art by Fernando Dagnino & Raúl Fernandez
Cover by CAFU
It’s a special issue set entirely within General Lane’s Project 7734 headquarters! Learn more about the mysterious Mirabai, Codename: Assassin and Atlas, and witness Lane ply information out of his latest...acquisition. All this plus revelations about Lex Luthor and Brainiac! Meanwhile back in Metropolis, big trouble comes calling. Hint: Him am not Superman!
On sale October 28

Mon-El sure looks like he is in rough shape. But I am more interested in the hinted at back-stories of the villains. I like to know origins and motivations.

Written by Sterling Gates
Art by Jamal Igle, Matthew Clark, Jon Sibal and Keith Champagne
Cover by Joshua Middleton
When a costumed woman arrives in Metropolis calling herself Superwoman, it’s up to Supergirl to get to the bottom of things! After meeting this so-called Superwoman during the “New Krypton” storyline, the Girl of Steel has two pressing questions: Who is Superwoman really, and what gives her the right to wear the symbol of the House of El? Don’t miss this collection featuring SUPERGIRL #34 and 37-42.
On sale November 11

So not an October release but just putting it on the radar. It will be good to see issue #34 finally put out in trade format. I wonder how the trade will read with the jump to #37 though. I am glad they are using that Middleton cover for the trade as I simply love that piece.
Anyways, that's a lot of comics ... and that's just the super-titles!


Mauricio said...

True, someone made a total of Blackest Night and it was over $100. I'm not buying it. I may buy a TPB to lower the cost, smae with Cry for Justice, I choose the AC croosover and the Supergirl annual over the mini since I feel GL will take over that book and SG will not be as prominently featured as I wish.

Gene said...

Justice League Cry for Justice: I hope Supergirl remains the voice of reason in that storyline.

Action Comics/Supergirl #46: The Kara/Thara conflict is an interesting one. I can see them arguing over who deserves to bring Reactron to justice.

Tiny Titans #21: That cover would make a great recruiting poster. I love how Supergirl has a prominent place here, and how her feet never touch the ground.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the cover to the Cosmic Adventures TPB will look like. I also hope we get a Showcase Supergirl volume #3 soon.

TalOs said...

Justice League Cry for Justice #4 - I believe that Supergirl may have a strong and overwhelming desire to cross the line myself.

Superman: World of New Krypton #8 - that's truly gotta be one kick ass depicted cover of the head Thanagarians encountering the residents of New Krypton by Gary! Wow! Seriously wondering if we might get an all new Hawkman from this crossover here as such too in tow.

Adventure Comics #3 - Yes! Conner and Tim reunited at last it seems! W00T!

Action Comics #882 - I truly hope there's a really good reason for Thara to get in to a cat fight with Kara instead of working side by side to take down Reactron along with Chris's help.

Supergirl #46 - Why did the artist have to go with THAT for the cover? Can't Supergirl hold her own against Reactron anymore? I just find it a bit insulting that they allow Kara and Thara to be taken out so easily where only Chris is left succeeding where they 2 female Kryptonians have apparently failed against taking on Reactron.

Tiny Titans #21 - I'm no longer buying this solely for myself and have decided that I'm going to donate any further purchases (along with my existing collection of this title) to my cities own children's hospitable ward, for if it can bring the same joy and laughter this title has given me issue after issue and managed to help me forget my troubles while reading 'em I just pray the same can be the case also for those poor children in turn too.

Superman: Secret Origins #2 - again I'm hoping against hope that this title will not only include Kal having been baby sat by Kara on Krypton but come #2 also now ends up having her being reunited with him upon the Legion recruiting him too.

Worlds Finest #1 - ah ha! So THIS is the long rumored title that will have the current day Super and Bat-families interacting and working side by side eh? Cool! BD

Superman #693 - this all sounds really intriguing to say the least.

Supergirl: Who is Superwoman? TP - y'know, I'm surprised this isn't being collected under New Krypton Vol 3 instead actually. :/

Blackest Night: Superman #3 - E-0 Superman Vs. a zombified Kal-L? This ought to be real kick ass!

Superman/Batman #65 - sounds like a really intriguing Halloween themed treat!

and finally...

Power Girl #6 - really looking forward to how Kara Zor-L fairs against the so called 'Space Girls' come this all new arc for the arc before it featuring Ultra Humanite was just to good for words in my honest opinion!

Saranga said...

Hmmm. Worlds Finest eh? That would normally be something I'd like, but I think I'll have to wait for the trade, if reviews are good.