Jim: Well with the Chuck Dixon firing, seeing DC as only 27% to Marvel’s 43% for the Diamond numbers for May I’m starting to think Dan Didio’s tenure is looking less secure. The pluses in my mind have been Superman and Batman have had terrific creators and the books have been very good or better. The negatives have been failed launch after failed launch, plans that appears to change on the fly and Countdown. Let’s see what this month brings.
DC UNIVERSE: DECISIONS #1-2
Written by Judd Winick & Bill Willingham
Pencil art by Rick Leonardi
Covers by Stephane Roux
Election season is upon us, and the stakes have never been higher! An unknown villain is attempting to assassinate the presidential candidates, and only the heroes of the DCU stand in the way. As Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Superman, Batman and more try to learn the killer's identity, they are faced with the difficult task of reconciling their own personal ideals with the mission at hand.
Brought to you by writers Judd Winick (GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY, TITANS) and Bill Willingham (FABLES, DAY OF VENGEANCE) and featuring sensational art by Rick Leonardi (ROBIN, SUPERGIRL)!
Issue #1 on sale September 10; issue #2 on sale September 24 o 1 and 2 of 4
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Jim: Look a new DC series that I will not be getting. I really do not like comics that preach to me and given how from my vantage point 90% of the people in this industry have the same opinion about things this book reeks before it hits the stands. Now if Batman supports Ron Paul I could be swayed – nah. BAD IDEA.
Gwen: Actually I find this whole idea amusing. Besides Jim, you like the old O'Neil GL/GA work - and that's some very preachy stuff. I really have no problem with a two issue mini series that is inspired by the election. Presidential elections are events like holidays - and they do holiday specials all the time.
Lee: Oooohhhh my head hurts. Elections are like holidays???? Youth is so wasted on the young. On one level I don’t care because I think it’s a silly idea but on the other it might be topical because of the election year. The question really is: if Batman listens to Rush Limbaugh, and Superman listens to NPR, what does Wonder Woman listen to? Oprah?
AMBUSH BUG YEAR NONE #3
Written by Keith Giffen & Robert Loren Fleming
Art by Keith Giffen & Al Milgrom
Cover by Amanda Conner
Darkseid makes a list and checks it twice! Plus, a shotgun wedding, alternate universes, more OMACs than you can shake a stick at and the very important return of Super-Turtle all wait for you in this all-new, all-ridiculous third issue.
On sale September 24 o 3 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Gwen: I really have no interest in Ambush Bug, but Super-Turtle is pretty funny.
Lee: EXCELLENT. It the OMG morning after with Dumb Bunny!!!! Yes, that’s the girl on the covers name. This is such an awesome cover.
SECRET SIX #1
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott & Doug Hazlewood
Cover by Cliff Chiang
Because you demanded it! The Secret Six are back in an all-new ongoing series that promises to deliver some of the darkest, most twisted action-adventure the DC Universe has seen since...well, the last time the Secret Six got together! Writer extraordinaire Gail Simone (BIRDS OF PREY) is reunited with BIRDS penciller Nicola Scott to chronicle the adventures of the Six, and you will not believe what they have in store. Join Catman, Scandal, Deadshot, Ragdoll, and ?? as they prepare for an adventure that will take them through a gauntlet across the seediest parts of the DC Universe, and will ultimately pit them against a foe more monstrous and murderous than any they've had to face! Don't miss the beginning of the most ferocious and scandalous Six story yet!
On sale September 3 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Lee: I have to admit that I am really interested in this but I fear not having read either of the previous miniseries that I’ll be completely lost.
EL DIABLO #1
Written by Jai Nitz
Art and cover by Phil Hester
& Ande Parks
The haunted horseman returns to the DCU in a six-issue miniseries! Who is Chato Santana? A ruthless ganglord or a modern-day Robin Hood? Caught between the law and a power struggle in his gang, Chato meets
On sale September 3 o 1 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Lee: Ugh. Why not just start with a new character and be done with this pretense already. It has marginal ties to the original concept replacing cowboys with gang bangers. Unfortunately, the costume looks dated already. Seriously, lighting bolts???? Who thought those were a good idea? It looks like Hester had a left over character design from the 90's and sold it to DC. I'm sorry but based on the cover this looks awful.
CAMELOT 3000 DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by Mike W. Barr
Art by Brian Bolland, Terry Austin, Bruce Patterson & Dick Giordano
Cover by Brian Bolland
The classic tale that exploded into comics shops in the early 1980s is collected for the first time in hardcover!
Featuring a new cover by acclaimed artist Brian Bolland, this deluxe, oversized volume collects the twelve-issue series in its entirety, along with bonus materials including never-before-seen preliminary artwork by Bolland and developmental material from writer Mike W. Barr!
Advance-solicited; on sale November 26 o 7.0625 x 10.75, 320 pg, FC, $34.99 US
Jim: This is the first comic that when it was coming out as a mini-series I believe took almost one year between issue #11 and #12. This was an okay story, but the Bolland artwork makes it an easy yes for me.
JACK KIRBY'S THE DEMON OMNIBUS HC
Written by Jack Kirby
Art and cover by Jack Kirby & Mike Royer
One of Jack "King" Kirby's most memorable creations returns in this title collecting the entire, original 16-issue series from the early 1970s! Part man, part elemental fury, Etrigan the Demon was bound to Jason Blood by Merlin to defend Camelot, only to become a demonologist in the modern-day DC Universe.
Advance-solicited; on sale November 19 o 384 pg, FC, $49.99 US
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WORLD'S FINEST VOL. 2 TP
Written by Jerry Coleman, Ed Herron, Dave Wood, Bill Finger and Edmond HamiltonCover by Curt Swan & George Klein
Art by Dick Sprang, Curt Swan, Jim Mooney and others
Superman, Batman and Robin team up once more in tales from WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #112-145! Among the foes the World's Finest team faces are The Composite Superman, The Joker, Lex Luthor, Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk!
Advance-solicited; on October 15 o 520 pg, B&W, $16.99 US
Jim: This era is what I thought DC should have been printing as a hard cover collection a long time ago. Also not ever issue, but the best ones.
GREATEST HITS #1
Written by David Tischman
Art and Cover by Glenn Fabry
Variant cover by Ethan Van Sciver
Meet the Mates! They're the greatest super team of all time, straight out of
But who are the heroes behind the mania? How did they meet? And what's next for The Mates? You'll find out in this fab 6-issue miniseries written by David Tischman (BITE CLUB) with art by Glenn Fabry (NEVERWHERE, PREACHER and HELLBLAZER covers) that pulls back the curtain to reveal the men behind the masks.
GREATEST HITS looks at The Mates, from their humble 1960s beginnings, through the drug-fueled 1970s, and into the techno '80s, the grungy '90s, and to the present day. This is The Mates from the height of their glory to the depths of excess, as filmed by a struggling
On sale September 17 o 1 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS
Lee: I find it interesting that you love The Twelve, Watchmen, and so much of the other deconstructionist superhero books but not this. I’ll wait for the reviews as I always do but I think this will be better than people think.
Written by Brian Azzarello
In the all-new, hardcover original graphic novel JOKER, writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS) and artist
After yet another stint in Arkham Asylum, The Joker finds "his city" divided among mobsters and costumed villains. Not content to settle for a piece of the pie, The Joker vows to take back the whole damn enchilada by any means necessary. Look for appearances by a slew of
Not since THE KILLING JOKE have you seen such a powerful tale of The Joker - you won't want to miss this one!
Advance-solicited; on sale October 22 o 128 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Gwen: This should sell well with the new movie coming out. Still, the Killing Joke was enough for me - I don't need to go further into the realm of sadistic evil, thanks.
Jim: I'm getting this but I understand the concerns. Also Azzarello has not fared well when he ventures away from Vertigo.
Written by Alan Moore
Art and cover by Dave Gibbons
436 pg, FC, $39.99 US
334 pg, FC, $19.99 US o
WATCHMEN: THE ABSOLUTE EDITION HC - NEW PRINTING
8.25" x 12.5", 464 pg, FC, $75.00 US
Gwen: There is nothing wrong with the Absolutes readability. I read my Absolute Sandman books (and snuggle them at night when I sleep). The only problem is loaning them out. Trades and smaller HCs are best for sharing comics with friends.
Jim: This is $40 and you own the Absolute
NEW GODS SERIES 2 ACTION FIGURES
Based on the art of Jack Kirby
Hot on the heels of the acclaimed JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS hardcovers, Kirby's art style is interpreted in this second series of
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base. Four-color blister card packaging.
Jim: My love for DC has taken a few body blows lately and my enthusiasm for all things DC has abated a little bit. When I think of the best books on the market many of them are from other then the big two.
Lee: Luckily I don’t love DC. We’re just friends and I hope to keep it that way. Maybe that’s why I KNOW that Secret Invasion is so better than Final Crisis. AND, btw, did anyone notice that Darkseid didn’t have a mouth on the cover of Final Crisis #4. You think someone would have noticed that.