Friday, September 18, 2009

DC Preview Review for November Part 2 of 2


THE AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEAR READER Written by Grant MorrisonArt and cover by Gene HaIt's here: the perfect reintroduction to The Authority by Grant Morrison and Gene Ha! The Carrier is dead, leaving The Authority stuck on an Earth in a reality they don t recognize. Their powers barely work, and to add insult to injury, in this universe, they re not only unknown to the population, they re horror of horrors comic book characters. Collecting issues #1 and #2 by Morrison and Ha, this is the vital jumping-on point before Keith Giffen and Darick Robertson begin completing the 12-issue story in this month's THE AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEAR #3. One Shot • On sale November 11 • 48 pg, FC, $2.99 US

The AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEAR #3 Written by Keith GiffenArt by Darick Robertson & Trevor Scott Cover by Gene Ha At last, the long-lost Authority series is being completed! Plotted by Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen and scripted by Giffen, this 12-issue, monthly maxiseries will fill in the gaps and explain where The Authority was just before World's End, how they escaped from a horrifying alternate reality, and at what cost. With art by Darick Robertson (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, The Boys) and Trevor Scott (THE OUTSIDERS, BATGIRL), and covers by superstar Gene Ha (TOP10), this long awaited adventure is not to be missed.On Sale November 18 • 3 of 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Jim: LOL. The aborted re-launch of The Authority is going to be finished by a different creative team. I wonder how far Morrison plotted this thing. Could be interesting or could be a mess.
Gwen: No more Grant Morrison! I am Morrisoned out =/
Lee: I guess if Ultimate Hulk v. Wolverine can finish then this can finish too. Even if it is a bit odd to have a whole new creative team. After the ridiculous Wildstorm relaunch, I can't imagine this will sell very well at all.

VICTORIAN UNDEAD #1Written by Ian Edginton Art by Davide Fabbri Cover by Tony Moore Variant cover by Simon Coleby Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. Those are the words of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, the world's first consulting detective, yet even he finds his skills tested to their limit as he and his erstwhile comrade Dr. John Watson are confronted with the most extraordinary case of their career the dead are returning to life! Can a plague of Biblical proportions be far behind for Victorian London? And who or what is behind the resurrection of these ravenous revenants?From renowned writer Ian Edginton (STORMWATCH: PHD) and acclaimed international artist Davide Fabbri (Star Wars) comes the first chapter in an incredible new 6-issue Sherlock Holmes adventure! Featuring a cover by original Walking Dead artist Tony Moore!On Sale November 18 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Jim: This book marks my limit for Zombies. Walking Dead great, first Marvel Zombie series, a lot of fun, Blackest Night going well, Victorian Zombies please stop.
Gwen: I'm actually saddened by all the recent Sherlock Holmes interperations. I feel like these people haven't even read the Sherlock Holmes stories and just base their Holmes characters off of other people's versions in the first place. At best they're ignorant of the parent work, at worst they are mocking some great stories.
Lee: I’m not burnt out yet! It appears that Zombies are no more a fad than Superheroes are. Zombies are here to stay. Yahoooooo. Anyway, Edginton has done good stories in the past so there’s a chance it will be good. The premise is good enough to check out for me.

THE CHILL HC Written by Jason Starr Art by Mick Bertilorenzi Cover by Lee Bermejo Starr has a hard-edged style that is clean, cold and extremely chilling. Marilyn Stasio, The New York TimesIt's summer in New York, but a chill has settled over the city a serial killer is on the loose, and the ritualized murders are becoming increasingly sadistic. The NYPD and the FBI have a suspect: a gorgeous young woman named Arlana. The only problem is that every witness provides a different description of her. None of it makes any sense to anyone except Martin Cleary, a beaten-down Irish cop from Boston with a whopper of a secret in his past and a past that may go back a century or two . . .Advance-solicited; on sale January 6 • 192 pg, 5.5 x 8 , B&W, $19.99 US MATURE READERS
Jim: I love this concept, but wish the format was a little larger.
Lee: I agree, the small format is off putting. But, if it’s the only way to get good material then I’m in.
Gwen: This looks pretty interesting. I've been on a crime story kick recently so at the moment this is very appealing. Although female serial killers are somewhat rare.

CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE #1 Written by Chris Roberson Art by Shawn McManus Cover by Chrissie Zullo When supernatural artifacts from the Homelands begin surfacing in the modern world, it falls to Cinderella, Fabletown's best kept (and best dressed) secret agent to stop the illegal trafficking. But can Cindy foil the dark plot before Fabletown and its hidden, exiled inhabitants are exposed once and for all?And how does her long lost Fairy Godmother factor into the equation?Whether she's soaring through clouds, deep-sea diving, or cracking jaws, Cindy travels from Manhattan to Dubai and hooks up with a handsome, familiar accomplice who may be harboring secret motives of his own. Meanwhile, trouble brews back home in Fabletown when Cindy's overworked, underappreciated assistant decides to seize control of The Glass Slipper, Cindy's exclusive shoe boutique.Writer Chris Roberson (occasional contributor to HOUSE OF MYSTERY and JACK OF FABLES), artist Shawn McManus (SANDMAN, THESSALY: WITCH FOR HIRE) and evocative new cover painter Chrissie Zullo deliver Cindy's first major solo adventure replete with sex, spies and magical shoes in the 6-issue CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE.On Sale November 4 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
Jim: Cindy gets her own mini-series, awesome! I have loved this character in Fables and hope that Willingham is acting as a mentor for Roberson on this story. McManus artwork is a big plus.
Lee: McManus’s art has always left me cold. I’m all for more Fables though.
Gwen: AWESOME! I am really looking forward to this. Cinderella has always been an excellent character in the Fables world and I hope that her own mini-series will live up to my high expectations.

BATGIRL BUSTDESIGNED BY AMANDA CONNER SCULPTED BY JACK MATHEWS She shakes a pretty mean cape.Batgirl joins the third series of WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE busts! Illustrator Amanda Conner brings her trademark humor to this rendering of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, as the heroine dances the Watusi.Batgirl is perched atop a base that is compatible with the HEROES OF THE DC UNIVERSE SERIES 1: BATMAN BUST.This hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain bust measures approximately 5.5 high x 3.75 wide x 4 deep and is packaged in a 4-color box. Limited edition. Manufactured to order.Advance-solicited; on sale April 14, 2010 * Bust * $60 US

Jim: The whole “Women of DC Busts” line cracks me up, but what is with Batgirl making a mask with her fingers while she has a mask on?
Gwen: Maybe she forgot she has a mask. Besides, all the cool kids know that finger-masks are hip.
Lee: So the “Pulp Fiction” reference is supposed to make this more appealing to the general public? But, to harp on an old theme, Marvel’s only been doing statues for what? 10 years? DC has to do something new already.
Jim: Lee, you know DC has been doing statues for at least 15 years.

Available again!No one embodies the spirit and beauty of Wonder Woman more than Lynda Carter, the actress who portrayed her on the beloved television series! She will forever be the vision of Wonder Woman to an entire generation. DC Direct teamed up with Lynda Carter to bring this must-have piece to every fan's Wonder Woman collection.This limited edition, hand-painted cold-cast porcelain statue is packaged in a 4-color box, includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and measures approximately 13" high x 7.5" wide x 7.5" deep.Limited to 5000 pieces total.Advance-solicited; on sale April 7, 2010 * Statue * $195 US

Jim: What the hell is this? Look how thin her arms are, the heck with it being Lynda Carter, it looks more like old anorexic Wonder Woman. If I was Lynda Carter I’d be suing for slander or something. No way I want a statue of haggard Wonder Woman.
Gwen: Lynda Carter was a nice looking woman and all but she never struck me as tough enough to portray Wonder Woman. Diana's personality should have been more warrior-like.
Lee: Maybe you forget that Lynda Carter did WW in the 70’s. Trust me, it didn’t matter who did WW, she wasn’t going to be more warrior-like in the 70’s. The only good thing about this is that it actually looks like Carter.

AME-COMI HEROINE SERIES: WONDER GIRL PVC FIGURE DESIGNED BY SANFORD GREEN • SCULPTED BY JONATHAN MATTHEWS Cute and cunning Cassandra Sandsmark has her magic lasso ready to strike! Just like her idol, Donna Troy, Cassie is proud to join the ranks of the popular Ame-Comi series!The limited-edition, non-articulated, approximately 8.25 high PVC statue comes with a base, is packaged in a 4-color window box with J-hook and is manufactured to order.Advance-solicited; on sale April 21, 2010 * Statue * $60 US

AME-COMI HEROINE SERIES: WONDER WOMAN (V.2) PVC FIGURE DESIGNED BY DUSTIN NGUYEN SCULPTED BY JACK MATHEWS Diana Prince re-appears as an Ame-Comi heroine!Sure to be as popular as the first Ame-Comi version of Wonder Woman, this figure features the Amazon Princess emerging from battle, with an axe in one hand and a Gorgon's severed head in the other.As a special added feature, Wonder Woman's hair can be worn in two styles up or down!The limited-edition, non-articulated, approximately 8.75 PVC statue comes with a base, is packaged in a 4-color window box with J-hook and is manufactured to order.Advance-solicited; on sale April 21, 2010 * Statue * $60 US
Jim: No sire, no way I buy old skank Wonder Woman, but stripper Wonder Girl and Wonder Woman, heck yes. In looking at these statues they seem to have forgotten to say they come with a stripper pole and if you spray the statue lightly with water their clothes will disappear and then reappear after they dry. Get me some dollar bills I’ll be at the Wotta Women strip club tonight. Yea-ha!
Gwen: Boys ><
Lee: Oh no, this is all about girls!!! I just wanna know how WW gets her hair to stick up like that. Must take A LOT of hairspray.

Jim: Well I have forgotten all about the books and I’m now counting the days waiting for my stripper Wonder girls statues.
Gwen: Ok, it's fairly sad but I didn't have all that much to say from a positive point of view this month. The Wondergirl statue is unnecessarily naked by the way.
Lee: More of the same blah if you ask me. Ick.

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