Thursday, October 28, 2010

DC Preview Review for December Pt 2 of 2

Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, Seth Albano, Tony Bedard, Joey Cavalieri, Kevin Grevioux And Dara Naraghi
Art By Renato Arlem, Roberto Castro, Richard & Tanya Horie, Carlo Sorianoand more
Cover by Matt Haley
From the dawn of time (Anthro) to the far-flung future (Legion of Super-Heroes), sentient life has honored the winter holidays with celebrations and rituals as diverse as the universe itself! Join DC Comics – and a stellar team of writers and artists – to honor the vast and diverse holidays of the DC Universe in 6 tales of holiday cheer! Starring the aforementioned characters along with Superman, The Spectre, Jonah Hex, and Green Lantern John Stewart for a HOLIDAY SPECIAL like no other! 56 pg, FC $4.99 US
Lee: Nothing screams the Holidays like the Macy’s day parade. I’ve been many a time and I hope to take my kids some day because it’s that much fun. As this cover illustrates, DC understands how much fun it is too! Why there’s the very family friendly spirit of vengeance, Spectre!? Wha? Ummm, and also the very family friendly scarred… western… bounty hunter???? Ok maybe DC doesn’t have a complete handle on this but at least there’s a caveman in the back who looks normal… except for OMG someone hooked the lines holding the cave man under his loin cloth!!!! Ok, that’s not family friendly.
Gwen: Wow, I don't think I would have looked at that cover twice if not for Lee's comments. These holiday specials aren't usually that exciting so I can't say I'm especially looking forwards to these. Also, why isn't this a holiday one-shot? Does anyone really want a 6 issue miniseries for the holidays?

Written by Paul Levitz & Keith Giffen
Art and cover by Keith Giffen & John Dell
The legendary team of Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen reunite on the Legion for the first time in 20 years! And their next 31st century masterpiece introduces the all-new, all-deadly Emerald Empress! She’s ultra-twisted! She possesses entire planets! And she devastates the Legion so completely, one Legionnaire will never be the same! 56 pg, FC, $4.99 US
Lee: This is going to shock people but I really am interested in this. I know Levitz has destroyed the LSH for everyone but I’m betting that Giffen can save this and make it interesting. Please note, I wouldn’t dress my children as the Emerald Empress for Halloween…
Gwen: UGH. Until someone fixes Shadow Lass Paul Levitz is on my don't really want to read list.

Written by Art Baltazar & Franco
Art and cover by Art Baltazar
The crossover event of the millennium takes a turn for the magical as Sabrina the Witch and Raven take center stage, causing everything in the world of the Tiny Titans and Little Archie to get mixed up more than ever! And Veronica finally brings the other little kid with an “R” on his shirt home to meet her father. Can Robin’s utility belt help him in this kind of situation? And who is responsible for that mess in the Batcave? Archie can’t blame the penguins this time! Join us for the Earth-shaking conclusion to this climactic event! Aw yeah, epic! #3 of 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Lee: The real question, does Gwen perceive herself as a Veronica (oh la la) or Betty (Go bake me a cake and be happy about it)?
Gwen: Ummm... neither? I mean really, why would you stick around and wait for Archie? He's not a bad guy but talk about spineless.

Written by Stuart C. Paul Art by Christian Duce Cover by Michael Geiger
A reunion with the Soothsayer sends Valens on a journey into madness, Egyptian mysticism and ungodly torture as he discovers Caesar’s assassination was only the first step in the conspirators’ ultimate plan: the extermination of every vampyre in Rome. Now Valens will have to face the true mastermind behind the murder… #5 of 6 • 32 pg, FC $3.99 US
Lee: … and a pick for the ladies because that dude has a giant cock. WHAT???? He does. Fine, ya bunch of goody two shoes. He has a giant chicken and the troll chick has a big furry beaver.
Gwen: ..... I have nothing to say here.

Written by Ricardo Sanchez Art by Pop Mhan Cover by Drew Johnson
It’s the final issue of this exciting miniseries based on Rift: Planes of Telara, the MMO fantasy game from Trion Worlds. Events build to a shattering conclusion, as the opening of a massive Death Rift above the city devastates Port Scion. Only one chance remains to save the people of Telara…#4 of 4 • 32 pg, FC $3.99 US
Lee: And let’s not forget the obligatory chicks fighting cover. It was just gratuitous when Marvel did it for the Savage SheHulks, but DC does it with style. There’s something about a metal bikini that just screams classy. Please note, I wouldn’t dress my children in this for Halloween…
Gwen: Ok Lee, you are fired from DC. I will do picks from now on. Does anyone even know what this book is outside of the people who play the game? Why are we even talking about this? The art does look shiny though.

Four of DC Comics’ biggest names – all renowned members of the JLA – in classic, heroic body styles. These figures are evergreens for any fan – and for any retailer! Stock up in preparation for Free Comic Book Day on May 7!
Batman • The World’s Greatest Detective! - 7”
highWonder Woman • The Amazing Amazon! - 7” high
Superman • The Man of Steel! - 7” high
Green Lantern • The Emerald Knight! - 7” high
Lee: Seriously, how many action figures of Batman can DC produce? What is the difference between this one and the last three that they issued? I still think Marvel is the worst offender at this robbing their fanbase but DC isn’t much better.
Gwen: These are 7" high Lee - geeze.

Gwen: Well that was... interesting. Don't worry... I'll pick DC from now on.
Lee: HEY! What's that supposed to mean? I picked a diverse pile of books to talk about. But, I will gladly give up the DC picks if you want them.

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