Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Shrew ponders the December 2005 DC Solicits.

Overall, not much to look forward to since everyone's going to be playing the Crisis II game. A few swipes and suggestions:

ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #4
Written by Frank Miller
Art and cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams

ALL STAR excitement abounds as Frank Miller, Jim Lee & Scott Williams continue their adventurous retelling of the partnership between the Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder! And when some Black Canary gets added to the mix, you can be sure something's going to explode!

... yes. I'm pretty sure it will be the brains of whoever is left reading this series after four issues.



BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #72
Written by A.J. Lieberman
Art by Al Barrionuevo & Bit
Cover by Claudio Castellini

In a long-forgotten summer home that belonged to Thomas and Martha Wayne, a body turns up that will lead Bruce Wayne to a part of his parents' past he never imagined existed, forcing him to ask himself if his parents' marriage was nothing but a sham!


... Why not? They've already pished all over Dr. Leslie and Alfred's busy being the amnesiac murderer....



BATGIRL #71
Written by Andersen Gabrych
Art by Pop Mhan & Jesse Delperdang
Cover by Tim Sale

In the aftermath of "Destruction's Daughter," Batgirl finds herself on the run with a small band of assassins as the quarry of the unbeatable strike team of Shrike, Alpha, Wam-Wam, Mad Dog and the deadliest woman on Earth - Lady Shiva! How long can they last?

... This is going to be the real test of my affection for Andersen Gabrych. If he can pull this off, he'll be bulletproof because I wouldn't even trust the big boys with a plot this bad.



BATGIRL: KICKING ASSASSINS TP
Written by Andersen Gabrych
Art by Alé Garza, Pop Mhan & Jesse Delperdang
Cover by Garza & Delperdang

... The first trade collecting Gabrych's run on the title. Worth picking up.



GOTHAM CENTRAL #38
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Kano & Stefano Gaudiano
Cover by Sean Phillips

The story everyone's clamored for begins! Corrupt cop Jim Corrigan has crossed the line for the final time, and Allen and Montoya are going to bring him down. But is there any connection between Corrigan and the man who shared his name; the man once known as… the Spectre?

... Rucka is going to tie this into Infinite Crisis and Day of Vengeance. And the series will be lesser for it.



CATWOMAN #50
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by Pete Woods
Cover by Adam Hughes

The acclaimed creative team of Will Pfeifer, Pete Woods and Adam Hughes reach a milestone issue, and if your name is Selina Kyle, get ready for your world to be rocked! Zatanna arrives with a revelation that causes Catwoman to question who she really is and all she's done in the East End! You heard it here first: This secret will lead Catwoman to a place she's never been before!

... Zatanna's going to confess that the reason Selina went straight is because she was mindwiped like The Top, isn't she.



LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL TP
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art and cover by Lee Bermejo

Arguably the best miniseries of the year. Pick. This. Up.



CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS: THE TEAM-UPS VOL. 1 TP
Written by Gardner Fox and John Broome
Art by Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson
Cover by Jerry Ordway

In these eight stories from the pinnacle of the Silver Age of DC Comics, thrill to the exploits of Green Lantern, Flash, Dr. Fate, Hourman, Black Canary and Starman as they oppose the Shade, Captain Cold, Solomon Grundy, and more! This volume collects THE FLASH #123, 129, 137, 151; GREEN LANTERN #40; SHOWCASE #55-56; THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #61.

I've greatly enjoyed these Crisis On Multiple Earths reprints. Far cheaper than the Archive Editions, they're a great way to get newer fans into older stories. Same goes for the SHOWCASE PRESENTS: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA collection out this month.



JLA CLASSIFIED: COLD STEEL #1
Written by Christopher Moeller
Art and cover by Moeller

Get ready for a thrilling 2-issue miniseries written and painted by Christopher Moeller (JLA: A LEAGUE OF ONE)! The JLA members find themselves caught between two warring factions in a deep space conflict that threatens to split the Earth's mightiest super-team down the middle! Time is of the essence, causing the group to quickly choose sides - which may be the heroes' first mistake! As the battle escalates, the team realizes that it must amp-up its collective powers and abilities - leading to the first use of the JLA's towering battle-ready armor!

... Moeller earns a look-see because of League of One, but this looks scarily like the first-ever JLA-Transformers crossover.



JSA #80
Written by Keith Champagne
Art by Don Kramer & Champagne
Cover by Alex Ross

The final battle between Mordru and Dr. Fate rages to its shocking conclusion through the worlds of Kingdom Come and JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NAIL! Plus, the Thunderbolt vs. Jakeem to decide the ultimate fate of the Fifth Dimension! After this issue, two members of the JSA will never be seen again!

... Sadly, none of those disappearing members will be Mr. Terrific or Dr. Fate. In fact, it'll probably be Dr. Mid-Nite and someone else I actually like.



TEEN TITANS #31
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Tony S. Daniel & Marlo Alquiza

Unexpected allies rise from the dead to help the Titans overthrow Brother Blood's reign of terror!

... Memo to Kontinuity Kop Johns: Tula's been undead. I know, I know, you didn't read the Tempest mini and this must've sounded like a really good idea at the time. Especially since you've never heard of Tempest.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Selina got mind-wiped, it probably happened during that story arc where she got kidnapped by the weird Egyptian (poster!) cultists. She came back a month later with amnesia and a coat from Star (starlight?) City. I'm not sure how that lines up with the full bout of wipes the league did, though. It may have been a separate incident. And if it happened then, it was well after she "went straight".

*brain explodes*

kkglinka

Tue Sep 20, 06:16:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, I think the story with the Joker having her brainwashed is no longer in contuity, but if it was, this could be connected to that.

Though part of my brain suspects she's going to find out her revised origin was a lie and she really is an ex-airline stewardess after all :)

Thu Sep 22, 12:06:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for these reviews; the
Crisis On Multiple Earths Team Ups
TPB sounds like a keeper - I remember dome of the Canary and Starman stories from earlier reprints; it's good that they'll
see the light of day again.

As for the rest, I can't believe how disinterested I've become in the JSA book - although the creative teams seems less so.
I'd rather Fate and Mordru wind up dragging Alan Davis, from The Nail, in to write the book. Two JSAers will never be seen again?

Come back, James Robinson?

Thu Sep 22, 04:19:00 PM EDT  

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