Tuesday, July 19, 2005

DC Comics for October 2005

As you can proably tell from my last post, DC Comics has released their solicits for comics shipping in October.

Here's what caught my eye and will be getting my money:

INFINITE CRISIS #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning
Covers by Jim Lee & Sandra Hope
and George Pérez
It's finally here: the comics event so massive that it built over the first half of 2005, through COUNTDOWN, DAY OF VENGEANCE, RANN/THANAGAR WAR, VILLAINS UNITED and THE OMAC PROJECT! Prepare for the dawn of the DCU's darkest day in INFINITE CRISIS, a 7-issue miniseries written by Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN, JSA) with art by Phil Jimenez (OTHERWORLD, Uncanny X-Men) & Andy Lanning (OTHERWORLD) and covers by George Pérez (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) and Jim Lee (BATMAN, SUPERMAN) & Sandra hope! Surrounded by their most fearsome enemies, the world's greatest heroes are divided within and without. DC's icons - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman - are joined by Nightwing, Supergirl, Donna Troy, Superboy, Robin, Wonder Girl, Green Lantern, the Flash and more as they face their most dire hour. What happens next will destroy friendships and lives, dictating the direction of the universe for the next generation! Years in the making, the greatest event to hit the DCU in over two decades is about to explode - don't miss out! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with covers by Lee & Williams (50%) and Pérez (50%).
On sale October 12 o 1 of 7 o 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US Edited by Eddie Berganza


How can I not get this? Even after the hoopla surrounding Identity Crisis and the killing of Blue Beetle... and the choice for the new Eclipso... And the return of almost every dead character...

I'm still friggin intrigued as to how it's all going to come together. Call me a sucker.

I just hope that the lead-in title that I chose to follow (Rann/Thanagar) has some importance in the story.

BIRDS OF PREY #87
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson
Cover by Adriana Melo & Will Conrad
The two masterminds behind DCU's heroes and villains meet at long last, as Oracle and the Society's Calculator face off!
On sale Oct 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


And here's proof that I really should have been following Villians United, as well. With Gail Simone writing both and the Brainiac/Oracle thing going on I should have paid more attention. Guess I'll read my friend's copies.



GREEN LANTERN #6
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver
Mutilated by the events of REBIRTH, Black Hand returns to wreak horrifying vengeance! Meanwhile, the bizarre experiments of a new alien race come to light with their current prisoner: Green Lantern. And how does this all connect with the Rann/Thanagar War?
On sale October 26 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Look! Something finally ties into Rann/Thanagar!

And I have to say that the now literally Black Hand could be an interesting character.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS: RECHARGE #2
Written by Geoff Johns & Dave Gibbons
Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Christian Alamy
The 6-issue miniseries following the adventures of the Green Lantern Corps continues! The first assignment for two rookie Lanterns may be their last. Plus, Kyle Rayner meets an old love, and the biggest Green Lantern of all comes under attack.
On sale October 19 o 2 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


I can't wait to see this book and discover who all the Corps members are. I know there were a few that appeared during the Green Lantern Corps Quarterly series way back when that I would love to see return.

HAWKMAN #45
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art and cover by Joe Bennett & Ruy Jose
The Hawks' year of mystery, madness and mayhem comes to it's startling and violent resolution in a battle not to be missed! Questions will be answered, blood will be spilled and only Hawkman knows the truth behind the plot to destroy him! Guest-starring the JSA.
On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


Man... that year long story really is flying by, isn't it?

Well, I'd like to think that this cover reinforces my original suspicions about Golden Eagle as I think he's the real mastermind behind the attacks. I'm sure it was all one of those "you left my mother before I was born" issues with them both discovering it wasn't this Hawkman that got her pregnant.

Unfortunately, they'll also find out that she slept with every Hawkman... She must have had a thing for big beaks.

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: METAMORPHO VOL. 1 TP
Written by Bob Haney and Gardner Fox
Art by Ramona Fradon, Jack Sparling, Mike Sekowsky and others
Cover by Sal Trapani
This massive black-and-white volume collects all Metamorpho's Silver Age adventures, from THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #57-58, 66, 68, METAMORPHO #1-17, and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #42! Guest-starring Batman, the Justice League of America, the Metal Men and more!
On sale Oct 5 o 560 pg, B&W $16.99 US


These affordable b&w reprints of old Silver Age stories are looking to be amazing. I'm glad DC stopped worrying about what people would think of them following Marvel's example with the Essentials. It's like they've formed a whole new medium.

This edition with Metamorpho may seem like an odd choice for some but he was an iconic character for '60s DC. I'm sure we'll see editions for the Metal Men, the Doom Patrol and Creeper as well.

These Showcase Presents are even getting me back into the Essentials. You don't think they're secretly working together, do you?

RANN-THANAGAR WAR #6
Written by Dave Gibbons
Art and cover by Ivan Reis & Marc Campos
The war takes an ugly, brutal turn as two worlds and countless lives are ripped asunder, setting the stage for the galaxy's greatest battle and leading into the INFINITE CRISIS!
On sale October 5 o 6 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


And so the war finally comes to an end. Or does it?

I'm wondering who Hawkman is kneeling over, however. Hawkwoman, perhaps?

SOLO #7
Written by Mike Allred & Lee Allred
Art and cover by Mike Allred
Join Mike Allred, the creator of Madman and The Atomics, as he takes a whirlwind tour of the DCU! First stop: Hourman, as we find out exactly how much super-heroing a hero can do.
The craziness continues as two super-teams are pitted against each other in "Doom Patrol vs. Teen Titans." In "Batman A-Go-Go!", the Caped Crusader is taken on a kooky psychedelic journey. Allred visits Jack Kirby's Fourth World as Lightray and Orion put Mister Miracle to the test in "Fourth World Wager." Can Scott Free really get out of any trap? And it's all capped off with "Comic Book Clubhouse," featuring just about every DC hero!
On sale October 26 o 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US


THE Book! I warned you! You better get this one!

I don't know if I can contain my excitement. Mike Allred on X-Statix? Bah! Mike Allred on the Doom Patrol, the Teen Titans, Mister Miracle and Batman?
Now... that's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

And he's writing it, too!

This'll probably be the best thing he's done since he ended Madman. And hopefully doing this will inspire him to start writing again.

One can hope...

SEVEN SOLDIERS: KLARION THE WITCHBOY #4
Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by Frazer Irving
Klarion has reluctantly returned to his lost colony of Puritans in Limbo Town, far below New York City, to warn them of an impending invasion. Instead of being welcomed as a savior, he is captured, tried, and sentenced to be burned alive. Can Klarion and Teekl convince the people of Limbo Town that not only their entire way of life is in danger, but their whole world?
A Soldier must die - will it be Klarion the Witchboy?
On sale October 19 o 4 of 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SEVEN SOLDIERS: ZATANNA #4
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Ryan Sook & Mick Gray
Cover by Sook
Zatanna and Misty search for the 7 Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp, only to find themselves face to face with a menace beyond imagination! The unexpected return of an almost unstoppable Golden Age master villain could spell doom for the Mistress of Magic unless she gets her groove on fast. Will Zatanna regain her powers in time for the ultimate magical duel with the ultimate cosmic criminal ? With a storyline leading directly into the epic SEVEN SOLDIERS #1, the answer may not be what you expect!
A Soldier must die - will it be Zatanna?
On sale October 5 o 4 of 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


Seven Soldiers hits it mid-way point as both Klarion and Zatanna come to a close. And they both have the same "a Soldier must die" teaser...

I bet it's one of the issue #0 Soldiers...

Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Another great cover by Sook, btw.

LOVELESS #1
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art and cover by Marcelo Frusin
Fresh off his white-hot run on SUPERMAN, Eisner award-winning writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, BATMAN) has created a Western for the new millennium. Reuniting with HELLBLAZER artist Marcelo Frusin, Azzarello has fashioned a tough-as-nails monthly series that combines all the bloody action and atmosphere of a Sergio Leone film with the provocative storytelling of HBO's Deadwood. The extra-sized 40-page issue #1 is just $2.99; future issues are 32 pages.
Wes Cutter is a wanted man running from a violent past - the horrors of the Civil War, a brutal stint in a Union prison camp, and the savage fallout of Reconstruction. Now he's on a quest for the one thing in short supply: peace. Joining Wes is his beautiful wife Ruth, a woman who has been to hell and back herself - and hides dark secrets of her own. The road they travel will be a bloody one, leaving a trail of bodies stretching from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean. This is a tale only Azzarello - the mind behind some of the hardest-hitting comics of the last decade - could tell.
On sale October 26 o 40 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS o Edited by Will Dennis


Here it is! The next big story from Azzarello!

I see they modified the cover a bit. I like it.

Too bad Jonah Hex got bumped again. Would have been a great Western month. I'm thinking they didn't want the two books to seem to compete against each other. Hope it comes out next month.

100 BULLETS #65
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso
Cover by Dave Johnson
Check back in with Loop, Lono and Victor, as the felonious trio leaves Chicago and hits the road in search of revenge. Their targets: any remaining members of the Trust stupid enough to cross their path. But can the three trust each other enough to work together, or will road rage get the better of them?
On sale Oct 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.75 US o MATURE READERS


What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? You're either reading it or you're deprived.

That's the line-up for the month of October.

The introduction of Captain Atom to the Wildstorm universe did grab my attention, also. Just not enough to go on to warrant me picking it up.

And for those people who picked up Vertigo: First Taste a while back, DC is offering Vertigo: First Offenders. This collection will include the first issues of The Invisibles, Fable, Preacher, Sandman Mystery Theatre and The Sandman Presents: Lucifer. All for $5.

Now I'm going to step back and see how much money October's going to cost me...

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