Tuesday, May 16, 2006

DC Comics for August 2006

DC Comics' solicitations for August 2006 are now up.

Here's what caught my eye:


SHOWCASE PRESENTS: BATMAN VOL. 1 TP
Written by Bill Finger, Ed "France" Herron, Gardner Fox and John Broome
Art by Bob Kane, Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella, Sheldon Moldoff and others
Cover by Kane
The spotlight's on Batman in this volume featuring Detective Comics #327-342 and Batman #164-174! The Dynamic Duo take on some of their most enduring Rogues Gallery members, including Penguin, the Riddler, and the Outsider in these classic Silver Age stories from the era of famed editor Julius Schwartz!
On sale August 30 o 552 pg, B&W, $16.99 US


The Adam West Batman show may never be officially released on DVD, but we can have the next best thing!
And now that the Batman edition is finally out, DC's Showcase Presents line appears to be shaping up nicely.


CHECKMATE #5
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Jesus Saiz
Cover by Lee Bermejo
Three candidates compete to become Black Queen's Knight in the sensational stand-alone tale "Selection."
On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


I liked the first issue. At least enough to pre-order #4 this month. I'm still waiting to see if I'm really into it.
I am, however, pleased that DC put Rucka on a book that caters to his strengths. Unlike how Marvel put Bendis on Avengers.


JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1
Written by Brad Meltzer
Art by Ed Benes & Sandra Hope
Two standard covers by Ed Benes
Variant cover by Michael Turner
It begins here - a bold new era for the World's Greatest Heroes by New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer and superstar artist Ed Benes! It's Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman…and the true roster of members who will become the new Justice League of America. Join us as we head into "The Tornado's Path." Retailers please note: this issue will ship with two covers by Ed Benes, one featuring Green Lantern and Green Arrow (cover A, left half of art above) and one featuring Superman and Batman (cover B, right half of art above). For a signed edition, see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews. A variant cover by Michael Turner is also available - see order form for details.
On sale August 16 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US


Not sure if I'm going to get this. Of course, if I don't then I'm going to be one of those unlucky ones who can't find it later.
Question is... will I want to?


THE NEXT #2
Written by Tad Williams
Art and cover by Dietrich Smith & Walden Wong
The new miniseries by fantasy writer Tad Williams heats up! The Iron Ring has sent the emissary called Sion to bring the Next back to their home for judgment and sentencing…but they can't go back without killing Monikka! And even Superman has a tough time going up against Sion…
On sale August 9 o 2 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


So it's turning into a Superman mini-series?
Still... it's just quirky enough to garner my interest. Perhaps by the time I get to read the first issue I'll get a better impression of it.


SHADOWPACT #4
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Steve Scott & Wayne Faucher
Cover by Scott
A special issue featuring guest art by Steve Scott (JLA) spotlighting a night in the life of Blue Devil! Demons have tracked Blue Devil to his hometown, and the resultant battle may leave it in shambles! It's wild action from writer Bill Willingham (FABLES)!
On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


If this book turns out to be as fun as the preview I recently posted lets on, this may turn out to be my favorite new series of 2006.
Issue #1 comes out this week and since I didn't pre-order it I'm going to have to hound my local comic shop into holding me one.


100 BULLETS #75
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso
Cover by Dave Johnson
You know the drill by now: Graves approaches someone down on their luck, gives them the infamous briefcase, and then that person must decide what to do with it. But when Lono is factored in with an offer - and another side of the story in the case - could Agent Graves' mysterious plans be in jeopardy?
On sale August 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS


75/100. Three quarters of the way.
Unfortunately, I haven't been reading it lately and I'm going to have to catch up.
Reads better in batches anyway.

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