Gwen: Really Lee, if nothing else there's always Vertigo.
GREEN LANTERN #64
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE & CHRISTIAN ALAMY
Cover by IVAN REIS & OCLAIR ALBERT
1:10 Variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM & BATT
“War of the Green Lanterns” ignites with part 1 of the blockbuster event that’ll burn into the summer! A malevolent force has usurped control over all the power batteries, leaving the Corps powerless except for a select few members. Now it’s up to Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Sinestro to regain control – but can these warriors overcome their differences in time to save the universe? On sale MARCH 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #58
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art and cover by TYLER KIRKHAM & BATT
1:10 Variant cover by PATRICK GLEASON
“War of the Green Lanterns” part 2! Kyle Rayner vs. John Stewart!
On sale MARCH 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #8
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN & CAM SMITH
Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA
1:10 Variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM & BATT
In “War of the Green Lanterns” part 3, it’s the main event! Guy Gardner vs. Hal Jordan – winner take all!
On sale MARCH 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99
Gwen: I feel like I should be taking bets or something on who wins what fight. Personally I'm rooting for Kyle to come out on top.
Lee: Maybe Gwen is to young to remember but I think this is the 5th or 6th time that Jordan has fought Gardner. Heck, it's the 3rd or 4th time that he's fought Rayner I think. BUT, this time is different because Johns is doing it. *SIGH* And the fact that this 'event' starts in April and goes through the entire summer just exhausts me.
BRIGHTEST DAY #21-22
Written by GEOFF JOHNS & PETER J. TOMASI
Art by IVAN REIS, PATRICK GLEASON, ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK & JOE PRADO
Covers by DAVID FINCH 1:10 Variant covers by IVAN REIS
As the end of BRIGHTEST DAY approaches, our returned heroes and villains begin converging in one area as the ultimate protector reveals itself against the ultimate menace!
Issue #21 on sale MARCH 2 Issue #22 on sale MARCH 16 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Gwen: More ultimate showdowns! I wonder if they're going to pick an older character as the White Lantern or if DC is planning on introducing a newer character. I do feel like Brightest Day could have used a shorter build up but at least it seems to be starting to come together.
Lee: Starting to come together??? Are you kidding me???? You have another 6 months of this. When will the pain stop? I'm voting never.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #21-22
Written by JUDD WINICK
Issue #21 art by AARON LOPRESTI
Issue #22 art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Covers by DUSTIN NGUYEN
1:10 Variant covers by KEVIN MAGUIRE
It’s the calm before the storm in issue #21. Beetle is dead, Max Lord has Checkmate and the hunt for Wonder Woman
In issue #22, Max’s ultimate OMAC Project closes in on completion, and the JLI race to find Wonder Woman before Max finds her first. Along the way, Power Girl, Batman
Issue #21 on sale MARCH 9 Issue #22 on sale MARCH 23 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Gwen: If the new Blue Beetle is dead I think I may quit comic books. I am really tired of perfectly good newer characters being killed off just because. Jamie as Blue Beetle has been a great character - and really, after killing Ryan Choi for no apparent reason you think DC would pay attention to their fans a little bit more.
Lee: I think you are right not to believe the hype. Winnick is not known for killing characters off. He may have other pet subjects but killing isn't one of them. I am still amazed that this, of all the Justice League books, is the best JL title.
Written by JOHN ROZUM
Art and cover by FRAZER IRVING
1:10 Variant cover by BRENDAN MCCARTHY
You can’t keep a good XOMBI down! The immortal David Kim – kept “alive” by nanotech enhancements – returns to the DC Universe in a new ongoing series! Creator John Rozum and hot BATMAN AND ROBIN artist Frazer Irving team up to deliver the finest in contemporary urban horror – with a Super Hero twist! As an undying, unchanging Xombi, David Kim must watch the world consume itself and burn while humanity grows more distant from each other due to the rise of technology. What would a Xombi do just to feel change again? And where will he ever be able to find a kindred soul?
On sale MARCH 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Gwen: I don't actually know this character and presumably from the "returns to DC" part of the solicitation he's been around before... but regardless this looks like a neat new series. It's always nice to look at the newer material the major companies are putting out as the cape stuff can get old sometimes.
Lee: Xombi was part of the Milestone Universe with Hardware, Icon, and Static. Morrison's Doom Patrol was hot at the time, and Xombi was an attempt to mimic the DP. The stories were suitably weird and I think it was fairly well received. I am interested in this, but Irving can't handle monthly work so I'm betting delays or fill in artists appear quickly.
DETECTIVE COMICS #875
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by JOCK
One bright Tuesday morning, the corpse of a killer whale shows up on the floor of one of Gotham City’s foremost banks. The event begins a strange and deadly mystery that will bring Batman face-to-face with the new, terrifying faces of organized crime in Gotham. Be here for part 1 of the brand new 3-part “Hungry City.” On sale MARCH 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Gwen: I'm pretty happy about Scott Snyder writing Detective Comics. It seems like a good fit to me. Also, I can't think of a time a Killer Whale corpse isn't a great place to start a comic book story! Ok, that's not true, but it's still an interesting starting point.
Lee: Snyder is one hot writer right now. Everything he touches is gold. I can't wait to get this in fancy hc!
BIRDS OF PREY #10
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by INAKI MIRANDA
Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
This is it! The astonishing conclusion to “The Death of Oracle,” featuring nearly everyone whose life has been touched by Oracle – villain and hero! How will the DCU operate without its premier infojock, and how will this event affect the Birds of Prey? All this, plus a fan-favorite operative works with the Birds for the first time ever!
On sale MARCH 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Gwen: The longer I read comic books the less character death (or the hype thereof) has any meaning for me. It's become a cheap gimmick that seems to be even more prevalent of late. I remember reading Crisis as a kid when Barry Allen died and actually crying. Now it doesn't even phase me.
Lee: Oooh yeah. This is how I've always envisioned Oracle in the DCU. Whether going to her own funeral or sitting behind the computer being an infojockette, she is always wearing her best corsette laced up tight pushing her... her... software up and out!
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #21
Written by PETER CALLOWAY
Art by JEREMY HAUN
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
Harley Quinn back in Arkham Asylum? Can she resist The Joker’s manipulations? Can Catwoman and Poison Ivy save their free-spirited friend from herself? Will she make a mistake that ends the Sirens forever?
On sale MARCH 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Gwen: I love Harley Quinn, she is such a fun character. It'll be interesting to see if Harley's come far enough to resist Mr J.
Lee: That's a really good question. I think all the writers who have worked with Harley have pushed her farther and farther away from the Joker. It will be interesting if Calloway undoes years of character development. Then again, maybe he's got a grand plan. I hope it succeeds whatever it is.
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI & CHRIS ROBERSON
Art by EDDY BARROWS & J.P. MAYER
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
1:10 Variant cover by ADAM HUGHES
Superman visits Boulder, Colorado, as “Grounded” races forward! And speaking of racing, here comes The Flash! The Scarlet Speedster has made a strange discovery that relates to Superman, so he tracks The Man of Steel down in the Centennial State to get some answers! What did Flash discover? Well, let’s just say there’s a reason Superman isn’t very happy to see him… On sale MARCH 16 • 32 pg, FC $2.99 US
Gwen: Ok, sorry, but I just had to pick this for the phrase "as Grounded races forward". I almost fell over laughing.
Lee: You are sooo easily amused.
JIMMY OLSEN #1
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by RB SILVA & DYM
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
The hit ACTION COMICS co-feature that everyone’s talking about gets its own collection, reprinting the first four parts of the story and presenting 30 all-new pages that bring “Jimmy Olsen’s Big Week” to a ridiculously over-the-top close!
When Jimmy Olsen finds out that his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Sullivan, is spending a week writing a profile about a young big-shot LexCorp employee, Jimmy is determined to prove to Chloe that he can have just as exciting and interesting a week. Cue bar fights with drunken aliens, a visit to the Yarn Barn with Supergirl, Fifth Dimensional stalkers, and Jimmy Olsen: Space Warrior!
One-shot • On sale MARCH 30 • 80 pg, FC, $5.99 US
Gwen: AWESOME!!!!! I have loved the Jimmy Olsen back up stories in Action Comics so I am definately looking forward to this one shot. It should be a lot of fun :)
Lee: I don't buy a whole lot of floppies any more these days but I am going to have to make an exception for this. Too many people are saying this is excellent not to give it a try. And, it's 80 pages! Perfect.
Tomorrow, the conclusion... or maybe Friday.