Above is a list of titles coming out next week. Like last week, if you want to see a title reviewed early, just vote for it. The title that receives the most votes will be reviewed before I go to bed late morning on Wednesday (I work nights during the week), and if a title receives any votes, I’ll review it before those that don’t. Otherwise, it’s straight alphabetical (so if you want Batman reviewed, no worries – but if you want Wonder Woman reviewed – might wanna vote. lol) Below are the Solicit Information from Previews Magazine and my personal bias about each of the titles, prior to having read them, to give you an idea of whether you want to read my review.
Written by Scott Snyder, Art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion, Cover by Greg Capullo
Solicitation Info (from Previews): Be here for the start of a new era for The Dark Knight from writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and artist Greg Capullo (Spawn)! A series of brutal killings hints at an ancient conspiracy, and Batman learns that Gotham City is deadlier than he knew.
Bias: I’ve said several times that I generally don’t care for Batman books…and yet, the cover to Batman #1 and 2 really captured my attention (Greg Capullo is an awesome artist), and buzz about the book indicated that Scott Snyder was an amazing writer. So I went out and picked up the first two HCs of American Vampire and the man’s run on Detective Comics. Both were highly impressive, and I find myself really looking forward to Batman, and expect that I’ll actually be collecting a Batman book – two, now that I’ve read Detective Comics #1 and was so impressed by it.
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Written by Duane Swierczynski, Art & Cover by Jesus Saiz
Solicitation Info (from Previews): One is wanted for a murder she didn’t commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford – a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling – and together, as Gotham City’s covert ops team, they’re taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. But now they’ve attracted the attention of a grizzled newspaper reporter who wants to expose them, as well as a creepy, chameleon-like strike team that’s out to kill them. Don’t miss the start of this hard-hitting new series from mystery novelist/comics writer Duane Swierczynski (Expiration Date, Cable).
Bias: I honestly haven’t cared about any of the previous incarnations of Birds of Prey (I collected the last one because Hawk & Dove were in it, but they were more of an after-thought in that book, and I wasn’t impressed with it for the most part.) Still, while many of the characters are the same, Oracle will no longer be in the book (for obvious reasons – namely, she’s not Oracle anymore) and there’s a new writer on the book. And yet, I’m skeptical.
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Written by Tony Bedard, Art by Ig Guara and Ruy Jose, Cover by Tyler Kirkham and Sal Regla
Solicitation Info (from Previews): It’s not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also, he’s linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race known as the Reach who seek to subjugate planets – or annihilate them. It’s up to one teen hero to turn this instrument of destruction into a force for good.
Bias: I like the concept more than the execution of the previous series, so maybe a fresh perspective on it will be just what the doctor ordered, though I would’ve preferred to see Booster Gold in the book…
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Written by J.T. Krul, Art by Freddie Williams II, Cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
Solicitation Info (from Previews): Charged by nuclear energy, possessing vast molecular powers, Captain Atom has the potential to be a literal god among men – a hero without limits. But the question is: Will he lose himself in the process?
Bias: I’ve always liked the character of Captain Atom, and he was absolutely terrific in Justice League: Generation Lost (I’m a sucker for time travel anyway, so his jaunts into the future with an emphasis on preventing what he saw there were absolutely wonderful.) The only thing I’ve read by J.T. Krul was Green Arrow, and while I disliked it, I’ve never particularly cared for Green Arrow – so I’m hopeful that the writer’s treatment of Captain Atom will be more up my alley.
Written by Judd Winick, Art & Cover by Guillem March
Solicitation Info (from Previews): Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in this new series from writer Judd Winick (BATMAN: UNDER THE HOOD) and artist Guillem March (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS)!
Bias: This one looks like it’s more appealing for the artwork than the story, and while the artwork is certainly very appealing, I’m into comics more for the story than the artwork. Besides, I’m biased against Bat-family books, ordinarily – they really have to blow me away to catch my interest…
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Written by Paul Jenkins, Art by Bernard Chang, Cover by Ryan Sook
Solicitation Info (from Previews): It’s the start of a new series spotlighting some of the DC Universes’s most exciting super heroes! First up is Deadman, straight from the pages of BRIGHTEST DAY, in a five-issue epic where the body-hopping hero meets his match in a new foe who wants to make sure the souls that Deadman helps out go straight to Hell!
Bias: The first story arc focuses on Deadman. Deadman is dating Dove. Whether she’s in the book or not, I’ll pick this one up just to see what they’re doing with the character, so when he shows up in Hawk & Dove, I’m clear on his situation. (In other words, unless this really sucks, I’ll be collecting the first arc – we’ll see about after that, depending on who the creative team is and what character is being presented.)
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Written by Peter J. Tomasi, Art by Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna, Cover by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
Solicitation Info (from Previews): When deadly conflicts emerge across the universe, it’s up to Guy Gardner, John Stewart and an elite Green Lantern strike force to keep the peace – or else.
Bias: As with Bat-books, I’ve never been much of a fan of Green Lantern books (which is odd, since I love cosmic comic stories). I’m hopeful that this one will prove me wrong, and entice me to pick it up, since we really don’t have another cosmic DC book right now, but it’ll have to really prove itself to do so (especially since I didn’t care for Green Lantern or Red Lantern, and I can only imagine crossovers are going to be standard fare…)
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Written by Paul Levitz, Art by Francis Portela, Cover by Karl Kershl
Solicitation Info (from Previews): The Legion of Super-Heroes has been decimated by the worst disaster in its history. Now, the students of the Legion Academy must rise to the challenge of helping the team rebuild – but a threat of almost unstoppable power is rising at the edge of Dominator space, and if the new recruits fail, the Legion Espionage Squad may be the first casualties in a war that could split worlds in half!
Bias: The large cast of the Legion of Super Heroes has always been a daunting affair. Combine that with the fact that I haven’t read the most recent series (which was also written by Paul Levitz), and whether or not I collect this book will really depend on how introduction friendly this book is (not to mention, of course, whether it’s any good or not.)
Written by Kyle Higgins, Art & Cover by Eddy Barrows and J.P. Mayer
Solicitation Info (from Previews): Dick Grayson flies high once more as Nightwing in a new series from hot new writer Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM)! And as he embraces his destiny, Haley’s Circus, the big top where Dick once performed, returns to Gotham City – bringing with it murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront his past, among former friends and enemies from his circus days, while uncovering a much greater evil!
Bias: I absolutely loved Nightwing when Chuck Dixon was writing the book – it was one of the rare times when I actually cared about a Bat-family book. So I was disappointed when Dan Didio required that, if Nightwing was to survive, he would have to be drastically changed. I didn’t care for the direction they went in (and even though I approved of him becoming Batman, I hadn’t followed him for long enough to not bother picking up the books). So it will really depend on the direction they go with this new title. I really did like the new Deathstroke book (also written by Kyle Higgins), but this is a different kind of book, so we’ll see.
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Written by Scott Lobdell, Art & Cover by Kenneth Rocafort
Solicitation Info (from Previews): No sooner has Batman’s former sidekick, Jason Todd, put his past as the Red Hood behind him than he finds himself cornered by a pair of modern day outlaws: Green Arrow’s rejected sidekick Arsenal, the damaged soldier of fortune, and the alien Starfire, a former prisoner of intergalactic war who won’t be chained again. As a loner, Jason has absolutely no interest in this motley crew of outlaws. So what’s he going to do when they choose the Red Hood as their leader? Find out in this hot new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men), featuring art by rising star Kenneth Rocafort (ACTION COMICS)!
Bias: I don’t like Jason Todd. I couldn’t care less about Arsenal. And Starfire has always been more style (ie. eye candy) than substance (ie. interesting character). Yet for some reason, this one really has me interested. I think a big part of it is Kenneth Rocafort’s art, but it probably also has something to do with the “rebel without a cause” kinda vibe I get from the interviews and previews. I certainly hope it lives up to the hype!
Written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson, Art & Cover by Mahmud Asrar
Solicitation Info (from Previews): Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman – and none of his affection for the people of Earth. So don’t piss her off!
Bias: Teeny-bopper power fantasy with a disdain for mankind. Ugh. Everything about this book screams that it’s not for me. Even the worst concept, if written well, can be an amazing story, but this has really got its work cut out for it to peek my interest.
Wonder Woman 1
Written by Brian Azzarello, Art & Cover by Cliff Chiang
Solicitation Info (from Previews): The Gods walk among us. To them, our lives are playthings. Only one woman would dare to protect humanity from the wrath of such strange and powerful forces. But is she one of us – or one of them?
Bias: I absolutely love Brian Azzarello’s non-super hero work, but the man’s dislike of super heroes really does shine through in the titles of that genre that he deems to write. Still, he’s stated that he’s writing this like a horror book, and focusing on her mythic connections rather than her heroic ones could make for a damn good story – especially in Mr. Azzarello’s hands. We’ll find out next week, I guess.