For the complete list of comic books and suchlike that DC Comics plans to publish in the month of October, click here. To read my thoughts on those plans, read on...
ACTION COMICS #882
Written by Greg Rucka & Sterling Gates; co-feature written by James Robinson & Greg Rucka
Art by Julian Lopez; co-feature art by CAFU
Cover by CAFU
“The Hunt for Reactron” part 3! Supergirl and Flamebird continue their slugfest, with poor Nightwing caught in the middle! Wait, isn’t that man standing over there the same Reactron who murdered Supergirl’s dad and Flamebird’s surrogate father? Get him! Continued in SUPERGIRL #46...
And in the new Captain Atom co-feature, the mystery of where (and when) Captain Atom is heats up when someone with a connection to Metropolis arrives on the scene. But are they friend or foe?
On sale October 14 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
I can’t decide if “The Hunt for Reactron” is a really dumb name for a storyline, or if it’s kind of cool in its simple, declarative, unashamedly cheesy way. Like, it’s not called “World Without Superman: Radioactive Requiem—Dusk” or something like that.
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Ramon Bachs
Cover by Jock
Variant cover by Frazer Irving
Following the events of “The Eighth Deadly Sin” in BATMAN ANNUAL #27 and DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #11, the new monthly series starring Death's Dark Knight begins! Michael Lane is a man in search of redemption, but does serving the Order of Purity as God's Angel of Justice bring him closer to achieving his goal – or simply send him further down a road paved with good intentions? When a hired killer comes to Gotham City seeking revenge for crimes committed decades in the past, Azrael faces an impossible conflict: What if God's justice forces the hero to claim one of God's servants? From writer Fabian Nicieza (SUPERMAN, TRINITY) and artist Ramon Bachs (RED ROBIN)!
Ha ha ha ha! Look, an Azrael ongoing! Ah ha ha ha ha! Oh man. Yes, if Azrael was unable to carry a monthly series, perhaps Azrael II will fare better. Shouldn't this be a back-up in Red Robin or Streets of Gotham or something? I'll give it 12 issues...no, there's the Batman factor in its favor. Eighteen issues.
Whoever the new Batgirl is, she has violet eyes, which eliminates all of the popular candidates. I guess this means the new Batgirl is...Tempest?
Ha, I bet Grant Morrison wishes he thought of this.
BATMAN: THE UNSEEN #1-2
Written by Doug Moench
Art and cover by Kelley Jones
The fan-favorite Bat-team of Doug Moench and Kelley Jones reunite to introduce the newest member of Batman’s rogues gallery in this twice-monthly, 5-issue miniseries! Horrible and unexplained murders have Gotham City held captive. Bizarre deaths have been occurring throughout the city, but the perpetrator is unknown. Even when the crimes have been committed in view of witnesses, all that is seen is a glimpse of a weird, skinless “meat-man” who seems to fade away after the crimes. Gotham’s only hope is their Dark Knight Detective, but how can Batman find and fight an Invisible Man?
Issue #1 on sale October 7, issue #2 on sale October 211 and 2 of 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Oh hell yes. I didn't have to wait that long between issues of Kelley Jones drawn Batman comics at all. And this time, he's reunited with Moench, and you know what that means: Awesome sound effects.
BATMAN: WIDENING GYRE #3
Written by Kevin Smith
Art by Walter Flanagan & Art Thibert
Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
Variant covers by Gene Ha
As The Dark Knight stalks the night preying upon Gotham City’s criminals, Bruce Wayne spends his days getting reacquainted with former girlfriend Silver St. Cloud. Plus, Batman learns the name of his mysterious masked ally. From superstar creator Kevin Smith and guest-starring Aquaman, the New Teen Titans and Deathstroke the Terminator!
THE BRAVE & THE BOLD #28
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art and cover by Jesus Saiz
J. Michael Straczynski (Amazing Spider-Man) and Jesus Saiz (OMAC PROJECT) continue their series of unlikely pairings with a match that spans the decades! When an experiment meant to alter the speed of light goes awry, Barry Allen finds himself face-to-face with some surprising allies – World War II’s legendary Blackhawks! But Barry isn’t the Flash they know, and he’s not even the kind of hero they need to help fight history’s most grueling war! What must Barry sacrifice to serve his country – and his world?
On sale October 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Hmm, not as unlikely a pairing as Batman and the H-Dial, but still on the off-the-beaten-path side of DC team-ups.
DC COMICS CLASSICS LIBRARY: SHAZAM! – THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL HC
Written by Otto Binder
Art and cover by C.C. Beck
At last, DC Comics collects the legendary serialized story from the pages of CAPTAIN MARVEL ADVENTURES #22-46 (1943-1945). The Big Red Cheese battles foe after foe as he inches his way toward the malevolent force behind it all: the two-inch long, superintelligent worm known as Mr. Mind!
Advance-solicited; on sale December 23 • 272 pg, FC, $39.99 US
Oh shit, it's a comic I demanded! I guess I better buy it then, although yikes, $40? Hmmm...Okay DC, I'll buy it, but it might be the only DC comic I can afford in December.
Now let's make with the Shazam Chronicles already.(I'm never happy, am I?)
THE FLASH VS. THE ROGUES TP
Written by John Broome
Art by Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson and others
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
These seminal tales from the 1960s, torn from the pages of SHOWCASE #8, THE FLASH #105, 106, 110, 113, 117, 122, 140 and 155, introduced the Scarlet Speedster’s Rogues Gallery, including Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Gorilla Grodd, the Weather Wizard, Captain Boomerang and Heat Wave — all prominently featured in FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES’ REVENGE.
Advance-solicited; on sale November 25 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
This looks fun. Not sure why you'd want a Van Sciver cover over a collection of Infantino art, but whatever.
Have I mentioned how dumb the John-Stewart-as-sniper thing is here before? I'm not sure I understand what the point of using a magic wishing ring to create a gun that you then have to shoot a bullet or laser beam out of when you can just shoot the bullet or laser beam directly out of your magic wishing ring. Also, what's with the scope? You don't need to aim John, it is a magic wishing ring.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #38
Written by James Robinson
Art and cover by Mark Bagley
Variant cover by Andy Kubert
A new era begins for the World's Greatest Heroes as superstars James Robinson (STARMAN, SUPERMAN) and Mark Bagley (TRINITY, Ultimate Spider-Man) take over! It all begins as a one-time member of the JLA falls before he can warn the team of looming peril while what's left of the JLA journeys to the heart of their past to decide if the team has any future at all.
Of course, that means this is the best time for a savage villain from the team's past to attack the demoralized heroes! The team will have to muster enough will to win not only today, but in the harrowing months to come. It's the start of a spanking new odyssey for the JLA that will lead in the coming months to a fresh line-up for DC's flagship team. Get onboard now for the next epic chapter of the Justice League's legacy!
On sale October 21 * 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I was pretty excited (and surprised) by the announcement of this creative team, given that I love the Justice League, but have hated the work of either the artist, the writer, or the artist and writer on the title since it’s troubled relaunch, and it’s been off my pull-list for a while now.
But James Robinson? That guy’s pretty good (although his JSA work was sorta on the so-so side, and the first issue of his Cry For Justice was shockingly bad). And Mark Bagley? I like him a whole lot, and considering he’s one of the few working artists who seems capable of drawing 22 pages of pencil art a month, he should help give the title the visual consistency it’s lacked since it’s relaunch.
As for surprise, I was surprised that Geoff Johns wasn’t writing it, given the hints that have been dropped in Green Lantern lately, and the fact that he’s essentially writing most of the Satellite Era Justice League in Blackest Night at the moment (even if most of ‘em are zombies). But then, Robinson and Johns are pals, and are on the same page in general, so JLoA should at least be “in the loop” of goings-on in the DCU in a way it hasn’t been for a while.
And hey look, there’s EDILW favorite Plastic Man on the cover! Will Robinson keep him around? He did wonders with the Dibnys during Starman, so he’s done right by at least one old-school stretchy hero before.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Cry For line-up merge with the current JLoA line-up (John Stewart, Vixen, Dr. Light II, Firestorm II and...is that it? I think that's it) to form a new JLA, but I guess we’ll see. In the meantime, just having an artist whose work I can stand looking at on the title is a big improvement.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE #4
Written by James Robinson
Art and cover by Mauro Cascioli
How far would you go for justice? The heroes have found themselves turning to darker tactics in their search for retribution. Starman and Congorilla have captured the killers who took down some of their friends, but now what do they do with them? Meanwhile, Green Lantern and company wrestle with the idea of torturing villains for information in order to save lives.
On sale October 7 * 4 of 7 * 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Oh man, this thing’s only going to be half way over before Robinson’s run on the mother title begins? Interesting that in this issue “Green Lantern and company wrestle with the idea of torturing villains for information in order to save lives.” Um, weren’t they already torturing villains for information in the very first issue…?
Written by Paul Kupperberg and Frank Strom
Art by Fabio Laguna and Robert Pope
Cover by Vincent Deporter
The gang slips into a slimy mystery when a Nevada mining
town finds itself terrorized by what the locals describe as a giant, mutated snake-like creature! But is a real threat looming? Or is this all just a ruse?
On sale October 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US
Every month when I'm scanning through these and I come to the Scooby-Doo solicitation, I see the name "Robert Pope" and think for a split-second it says Paul Pope and get super-excited, then realize my mistake and feel heart-broken that the awesome comic I imagined—Paul Pope's Scooby-Doo!—existed only in my mind. For a split-second. At least until next month, when I'll make the same mistake and it will exist for a single split-second more.
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: DC COMICS PRESENTS – SUPERMAN TEAM-UPS VOL. 1 TP
Written by Len Wein, Paul Levitz, Cary Bates and others
Art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Murphy Anderson, and others
Cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Superman meets DC’s greatest heroes including The Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and many more in this title collecting DC COMICS PRESENTS #1-26.
Advance-solicited; on sale November 18 • 512 pg, B&W, $17.99 US
Fuck yes. It's just like Brave and the Bold, but with Superman instead of Batman.
SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #8
Written by James Robinson & Greg Rucka
Art by Pete Woods
Cover by Gary Frank
Variant cover by Joe Kubert
On a mission in space, Superman and his fellow Kryptonians encounter the might of the Thanagarian Army. Can Superman keep things peaceful between the two races – or will The Man of Steel discover that Hawkman’s legendary temper is shared by all his people?
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Gary Frank), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Joe Kubert). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale October 7 • 8 of 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Oh Man of Steel, haven’t you read any books featuring Thanagarians in the last 25 years? Of course they’re a bunch of winged a-holes just like that cock Hawkman. Actually, the Hawks were supposedly the more mellow, laid-back Thanagarians, weren’t they?
Hey, a Joe Kubert cover on a book featuring some Hawkpeople! That sounds sweet, why I--Oh, it’s one of those 1-in-25 variant scheme dealies, so it’ll cost like $20 at my shop or some shit. I bet it looks cool though!
By the way, have many (any?) of you been following World of New Krypton series? How is it? I didn’t care for the first issue and bailed, thinking if it got better I’d check it out in trade. What’s the verdict so far?
WONDER WOMAN #37
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Bernard Chang
Cover by Aaron Lopresti
It's a civil war – and the world hangs in the balance! Zeus has made Achilles ruler of the Amazons, and Diana finds herself in battle against the people she loves most! And what is the secret behind the sudden rash of pregnancies on Paradise Island?
On sale October 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Sex? Is it sex? Or is that too obvious?
THE AUTHORITY #15
Hey, they still publish these books? Weird.