It's that time again...
Looking over at the official solicits, here's my pickin's...
INFINITE CRISIS #5
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning
Covers by Jim Lee & Sandra Hope and George Pérez
The DCU shakes apart as Superman of Earth 2 finally confronts our Superman. Meanwhile, heroes are disappearing throughout the DC Universe, a transformed villain returns, and the mystics of every world and dimension seek help from the very Spirit that is destroying them. Retailers please note: This issue will ship with covers by Lee & Hope (approximately 50%) and Pérez (approximately 50%).
On sale February 15 o 5 of 7 o 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Things are getting a bit crazy in the DC Universe. Can't wait to see how it all ends.
RANN/THANAGAR WAR: INFINITE CRISIS SPECIAL
Written by Dave Gibbons
Art by Ivan Reis & Marc Campos
Cover by Gibbons & Michael Bair
Infinite Crisis is here - and the Cosmic Storm rages out of control, threatening the fate of the entire universe! While the Rannian and Thanagarian flagships each suspect that the other is responsible for the disturbances, Donna Troy must lead her team of space champions into the cosmos in an attempt to prevent total destruction. But as the war rages on, a startling discovery will be uncovered, one hero will be forever changed, and another will make the ultimate sacrifice.
On sale February 1 o 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US
The series wraps up all the loose ends and promises a couple major changes.
INFINITE CRISIS SECRET FILES 2006
Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Dan Jurgens with Jerry Ordway & Marc Campos
Cover by Ivan Reis & Campos
Don't miss this important side chapter of the INFINITE CRISIS saga! Superman of Earth-2, his wife, Lois Lane of Earth-2, Alex Luthor of Earth-3 and Superboy from Earth Prime: the last survivors of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. What happened to them after CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS is finally revealed here for the first time by one of the masterminds behind that landmark event: writer Marv Wolfman (NEW TEEN TITANS)! Learn what these heroes have been doing, how they have changed, and how their reappearance will force the DCU's heroes to reexamine themselves. This is the one Secret Files you dare not miss!
On sale February 22 o 64 pg, FC, $5.99 US
I bet they wish they had one of these in the '80s!
Of course, I've heard rumors that following Infinite Crisis, DC will be launching a new Who's Who series. They noted that the first series' major fault was occuring at the same time as Crisis which left the first half necessary for major updating.
I'm looking forward to the new run if it's true.
PRELUDE TO INFINITE CRISIS
Written and illustrated by various Composite cover
Reoffered to coincide with INFINITE CRISIS SECRET FILES 2006, this volume collects the crossover story from THE FLASH #219 and WONDER WOMAN #214, plus the lead story from SUPERMAN SECRET FILES 2004. Along with these are select pages from nearly two dozen other DCU comics, with new text adding context to each story sequence.
On sale Feb 15 o 96 pg, FC, $5.99 US o RELIST
'Cause I missed it the first time.
GREEN LANTERN #9
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ethan Van Sciver & Prentis Rollins
Covers by Simone Bianchi & Ethan Van Sciver
The rematch you've been waiting for since the end of GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH! Strange deaths in Gotham City point to an all-new Tattooed Man. But can Green Lantern and Batman work together long enough to stop this artistic string of murders? Plus, Batman gets a power ring? Retailers please note: This issue will feature two covers Simone Bianchi & Ethan Van Sciver.
On sale February 22 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Be glad when I get to read #5... But this issue does look good. Finally, Hal takes part in an Infinite Crisis thing.
And it's good to see Simone Bianchi doing something. Even if it is just covers.
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art by Chris Batista & Cam Smith
Cover by Adam Kubert
Concluding the 3-part "Coalition in Crisis!" The repercussions of the Rann/Thanagar War climax as Hawkman and Hawkgirl face their feelings for each other with total annihilation looming ahead. There's no turning back now, and the imminent Crisis may determine their ultimate fate.
On sale Feb 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US
The last issue of Hawkman. Next month: Hawkgirl #50 by Walt Simonson and Howard Chaykin!
Written by Paul Levitz
Art and cover by George Pérez & Bob Wiacek
Legendary JSA writer Paul Levitz makes his stellar return to the DCU with superstar artist George Pérez (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, WONDER WOMAN) for an important chapter of INFINITE CRISIS in a story featuring the members of original JSA: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman!
On sale February 1 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US
The first, as far as I know, major post-Crisis storyline with Paul Levitz and George Perez jumping on the title for six months.
JONAH HEX #4
Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Luke Ross
Cover by Howard Chaykin
The world's wildest western series continues! Hex has faced a lot of tough choices in his life, but nuthin' harder than when he's got to save the life of an absolute idiot…or die tryin'! Look for lots of blood spillin' in this one, folks!
On sale Feb 1 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I'm liking this series so far. Might as well keep it on my list.
And Howard Chaykin's on cover duty this month!
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #15
Written by Stuart Moore & Mark Waid
Art by Patrick Olliffe and Barry Kitson
Cover by Kitson
It's the Legion of Super-Heroes you thought you'd never see, as the greatest heroes of the 31st century become the greatest heroes of the Multiverse! Plus, the return of the ever-popular "Letters to the Legion!"
On sale Feb 22 o 40 pg, FC, $2.99US
I've been pondering about picking this book back up. It kinda bored me with the Legion vs. Legion subplot and really didn't seem as exciting as I was expecting. However, Barry Kitson's art is amazing and they do look like the Legion...
And this month sees Dawnstar, Blok and Tyroc appearing. Could the last year's worth of books have been a dream..?
SGT. ROCK: THE PROPHECY #2
Written by Joe Kubert
Art and cover by Kubert
Sgt. Rock and the combat-happy Joes of Easy Company have seen it all - but they've never been served with a mission like this! Having picked up the "package" that could swing the war for the Allied forces, Rock, Easy and their Partisan guides begin the dangerous trek from Lithuania to Estonia. Little do they know that what they're delivering could result in their own downfall. Has Easy Co. finally met its match? Not if Rock has anything to say about it!
On sale February 15 o 2 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I'm condsidering trying out this one since DCBS is offering the first issue for 75-cents.
Written by Scott Hampton & John Hitchcock
Art and cover by Hampton
Join Scott Hampton (BATMAN: GOTHAM COUNTY LINE) as he tells five tales of horror, humor and hijinx! You'll meet the 'real' caped-crusader in "Batman:1947," blast off for other worlds in the EC Comics-inspired "The Monsters," take an unflinching look at the rock & roll world of today's comic book industry in "Another Success Story," and feel the dread hand of modern horror in "The Road To Samarra." And as an added bonus, Scott presents a "How To" section on the creation of his phenomenal art! Be there!
On sale February 22 o 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US
SEVEN SOLDIERS: BULLETEER #3
Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by Yanick Paquette & Serge LaPointe
Working as a bodyguard at a super-hero convention, Alix Harrower - the Bulleteer - finds herself enmeshed in the bizarre relationship between Li'l Hollywood, a faded super-impressionist, and her sidekick. As one tragedy unfolds, a second threatens when Alix finds herself in the sights of the mysterious, undead super-archer - Spyder - assassin for hire!
On sale February 1 o 3 of 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Ohhhh.... Spyder appears...
SEVEN SOLDIERS: FRANKENSTEIN #3
Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by Doug Mahnke
When a bizarre toxic spill defies the laws of nature and threatens the whole human race with destruction, it looks like even Frankenstein could be in over his head, and the Monster must turn to an amazing new ally for help. Enter The Bride and meet the incredible agents of the Super Human Advanced Defense Executive!
On sale February 15 o 3 of 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
That's S.H.A.D.E. for those who can't decypher...
TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1
Written by Geoff Johns & Marv Wolfman
Art by Paco Medina & Juan Vlasco
Cover by Ed Benes
Marv Wolfman returns to the Titans! Get ready for the first TEEN TITANS ANNUAL. Having narrowly survived the death and destruction of the CRISIS, Superboy and Wonder Girl find some time alone in Smallville…but will it be a bloody Valentine?
On sale February 8 o 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US
Might be getting this, might not. Just a note-worthy book since it's DC's first Annual in years.
Written by Bruce Jones
Art and cover by Bart Sears
Prepare for the triumphant return of one of the greatest and longest-running sword-and-sorcery characters of all time in a new series written by Bruce Jones (VIGILANTE, YEAR ONE: BATMAN/SCARECROW) with stunning visuals by Bart Sears (JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL)!
Return with Travis Morgan to the amazing continent of Skartaris…a world of extraordinary fantasy and heart-stopping adventure! The land of Shamballah is caught in the grip of the tyrant Brouis - but the chronicles prophecy a liberator in the form of a displaced man of our time. The phenomenal exploits of this heroic time-lost hero begin here!
On sale February 24 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
The genre expanding titles continue to launch.
THE EXTERMINATORS #2
Written by Simon Oliver
Art by Tony Moore
Cover by Philip Bond
The creepy new series by writer Simon Oliver, Eisner Award-winning artist Tony Moore (The Walking Dead) and cover artist Philip Bond (VIMANARAMA) continues with "Bug Brothers," Part 2
of 5. You'd think industrial-strength insecticide would be unfit for human consumption, but AJ apparently never got the memo - as Henry learns when he makes a stomach-turning discovery and Saloth deduces that the Draxx poison does more than kill bugs.
On sale February 1 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS
This one's on my list because DCBS is offering the first issue of it for 75-cents, also.
DC's preview looks good, too.
100 BULLETS #69
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso
Cover by Dave Johnson
With the last remaining houses of The Trust looking for protection from the Minutemen, Augustus Medici hopes to seize this opportunity to establish himself as the lone head of the secret organization. But having made deals with numerous devils, will Medici's reign be a short-lived one?
On sale Feb 8 o 32 pg, FC, $2.75 US o MATURE READERS
Movin' right along...
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art and cover by Marcelo Frusin
Concluding the first LOVELESS story arc, "A Kin of Homecoming." It didn't take long for Wes and Ruth Cutter to make their mark in Blackwater, and even the government is running scared of the outlaws. However, when the local officials make Wes an offer even he can't refuse, will this bad boy gone worse finally be tamed? The battle may be over, but the war's just beginning…
On sale February 22 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS
It's Brian Azzarello, it's a western, it hops off and on my pull list each month.