ADVENTURE COMICS #517
(Written by Paul Levitz, co-feature written Jeff Limire, art by Kevin Sharpe and Mario Alzquiza, co-feature art by Mahmud Asrar and John Dell, cover by Scott Clarke and David Beatty.)
When Superboy learns about his future exploits, he discovers the heavy burden that comes with being the kid destined to grow up to be Superman. And in the second installment of the all-new co-feature starring The Atom, Ray Palmer continues tracking down who may have recently attacked his father!
40 pages, $3.99, in stores on August 11.
BIRDS OF PREY #4
(Written by Gail Simone, art by Ed Benes, Adriana Melo and Maria Benes, cover by Alina Urusov, variant cover by Ryan Sook, Fernando Pasarin and Joel Gomez.)
The explosive first arc of concludes here! The Birds race against the clock to protect the Super Hero community, but can they make it in time and find their blackmailer? And the final showdown between Black Canary and White Canary is a fight between two martial arts masters!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on August 11.
DOOM PATROL #13
(Written by Keith Giffen, art and cover by Matthew Clark.)
Mento's back, and Rita's got him in a death grip! When her ex takes things one step too far, he learns a hard lesson about ticking off a 50-foot woman -- and we learn some secrets about Rita!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on August 4.
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #4
(Written by Paul Levitz, art and cover by Yildiray Cinar and Wayne Faucher, variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.)
Who kidnapped Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad's twin children? Whoever it is, the real culprit is trying very hard to make the Legion members believe Darkseid perpetrated the deed. Is the mad New God to blame? Or is something even more dangerous at fault?
40 pages, $3.99, in stores on August 25.
(Written by Jeff Parker, penciled by Gabriel Hardman and Ramon Rosanas, cover by Jae Lee.)
At great price, one of the Echo People are captured! Now the Agents of Atlas and 3-D Man know who is coming after them and why, but that doesn't make the invaders any less deadly. The only chance for these heroes and the whole planet is to go deep behind enemy lines... with little chance of return.
32 pages, $2.99.
GORILLA MAN #2
(Written by JEFF PARKER Penciled by GIANCARLO CARACUZZO Cover by LEONARD KIRK)
As Ken Hale's mission takes him further into the jungle, he goes further into the wild past life that lead to him becoming the Gorilla-Man. Young Ken meets a beautiful girl named Lily but makes some powerful enemies!
40 pages, $3.99.
(Written by Jeff Parker, penciled by Kev Walker, cover by Marko Djurdjevic.)
Guest-starring the Avengers Academy! A scared-straight visit from the next generation of Earth's Mightiest Heroes goes horribly wrong and Luke Cage isn't sure which of his Thunderbolts he can count on to regain control of The Raft! Also, can Cage keep objective when he realizes one of the prisoners is the man who once controlled his wife: the sinister Purple Man?
32 pages, $2.99.
I dropped THE SPIRIT, the last of the FIRST WAVE books. I also dropped AMERICAN VAMPIRE. It was pretty good, I just can't afford to keep it.
Other books that almost made the list: SECRET SIX, X-FACTOR, JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST, BOOSTER GOLD and POWER GIRL.
At this point I simply just don't have the funds available to pick up all the books that would interest me.
THUNDERBOLTS is being tried out as I'm loving Parker's work with ATLAS and with Man-Thing in there, it's gotta be good!
I finally gave in to BIRDS OF PREY. I was a big fan of the book a while back and I dug out my old issues. Reviews have been good so I thought I'd see if it still has its charm.
DOOM PATROL is a new add, too. I finally decided to support it since it is THE Doom Patrol and it's Keith Giffen. And it's not John Byrne. And it jives with Morrison. And it's THE Doom Patrol... Accept no substitutes.
However, if Marvel ever decides to cancel ATLAS then DC needs to snag Jeff Parker and put him on this! With art by Mike Allred or Paul Pope, of course!