Wednesday’s Comic Reviews

Given how late I am, I’m going to skip the poll asking which titles you’d like to see reviewed – but I thought I’d list which titles are coming out later today, their solicitation information and what my personal bias for each is. Since I work nights, that means my reviews won’t be written until tonight anyway, so if you’re interested in one or more, just write it in the comments and I’ll make sure to get to those sooner rather than later. 🙂

 

All-Star Western 1

Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, Art and cover by Moritat

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Even when Gotham City was just a one-horse town, crime was rampant – and things only get worse when bounty hunter Jonah Hex comes to town. Can Amadeus Arkham, a pioneer in criminal psychology, enlist Hex’s special brand of justice to help the Gotham Police Department track down a vicious serial killer? Find out in this new series from HEX writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, with lush artwork by Moritat (THE SPIRIT)!

Bias: I read the Jonah Hex series by the same team of writers, and it was good, but didn’t keep my attention long-term. Setting the series in Gotham, and having other back-up features could be interesting, but I’m not sure it can maintain my interest any better than the previous title did.

 

Aquaman 1

Written by Geoff Johns, Art & Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado

Solicitation Info (from Previews): The superstar creators from BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY reunite to take AQUAMAN to amazing new depths! Aquaman has renounced the throne of Atlantis – but the sea will not release Arthur Curry so easily. Now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges… The Trench! A broken race of creatures that should not exist, an unspeakable need driving them, The Trench will be the most talked-about new characters in the DC Universe!

Bias: I’ve always liked the idea behind Aquaman more than the execution. Having said that, this creative team might be just what the doctor ordered – a team that can make the execution as good as the concept.

 

Batman: The Dark Knight 1

Written by David Finch, Art by David Finch and Richard Friend, Cover by David Finch

Solicitation Info (from Previews): The Dark Knight struggles against a deadly – yet strangely familiar – foe in this phenomenal debut issue from superstar writer/artist David Finch (BRIGHTEST DAY, ACTION COMICS)! As a mysterious figure slinks through the halls of Arkham Asylum, Batman must fight his way through a gauntlet of psychos, and Bruce Wayne faces the unexpected legal ramifications of Batman Incorporated!

Bias: I don’t know what to make of this. My original thought was that I would hate Detective Comics and Batman: The Dark Knight (written by artists? Pass.) and love Batman. I thought Detective Comics was brilliant and Batman was okay. So where does that leave Batman: The Dark Knight? I’m really not sure, and I’m interested in finding out.

 

Blackhawks 1

Written by Mike Costa, Art & Cover by Ken Lashley

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Welcome to a world waging a new kind of war that’s faster and more brutal than ever before. It’s fought by those who would make the innocent their targets, using computers, smart weapons and laser-guided missiles. The new enemy is hard to find – and closer to home than we think. Between us and them stand the Blackhawks, an elite force of military specialists equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles. Their mission: Kill the bad guys before they kill us.

Bias: I have similar thoughts to that of Batman: The Dark Knight. What I mean is, I thought I was going to love Men of War, and as such, Blackhawks would be redundant – but I didn’t like Men of War (At. All.), so there’s the opening for Blackhawks to take it’s place. Still, some of the preview art looks more anime inspired than war comic, so I’m not sure this will be up my alley either…

 

Flash 1

Written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, Art & Cover by Francis Manapul

Solicitation Info (from Previews): The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series from the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato! The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but what happens when he faces an all-new villain who really can! As if that’s not bad enough, this villain is a close friend!

Bias: This one is pretty iffy as well. The artwork looks beautiful, and some of the ideas look interesting, but after reading up on the Flash to see how it lead into Flashpoint, I was filled with the sense of “meh.” So we’ll see what Francis Manapul can do without Geoff Johns, but I don’t expect a lot from this.

 

Fury of Firestorm 1

Written by Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone, Art by Yildiray Cinar, Cover by Ethan Van Sciver

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond. These two high school students are worlds apart – and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super-science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. The dark secrets of the murderous Dog Team and its Firestorm Protocol force them to put aside their differences to confront a threat so terrifying that it may lead to a new Cold War! Welcome to a major new vision of nuclear terror from writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with astonishing art by Yildiray Cinar!

Bias: One of the titles I’m most looking forward to this week. Gail Simone has mentioned that there will be more than two people involved in being Firestorm, and that there will be a document used by governments across the globe called “the Firestorm Protocols.” Color me intrigued – especially since I’ve always been a fan of this particular character.

 

Green Lantern: New Guardians 1

Written by Tony Bedard, Art & Cover by Tyler Kirkham and Batt

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Kyle Rayner has assembled the most powerful team in all the universe, selected from the full spectrum of corps. But can he even keep this volatile group together?

Bias: I’m not a big Green Lantern fan, and the idea of the Rainbow Lanterns just seems silly to me – so given that this title focuses on that exact group, I’m hard pressed to say that I’m expecting much. Still, Tony Bedard has written some of my favorite cosmic titles in years past, so if anyone can pull it off, it would be him…

 

I, Vampire 1

Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, Art by Andrea Sorrentino, Cover by Jenny Frison

Solicitation Info (from Previews): For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now that truce has reached a bloody end and Andrew must do everything in his power to stop Mary and her dark forces from going on a killing spree – and she plans to start with the heroes of the DCU!

Bias: I’m not sure what to make of this. It seems almost like Marvel’s X-men vs. vampires from a short bit ago, only with vampires trying to protect us from the other vampires. If it’s trying to cash in on the Twilight crowd, then I’m out. But if it’s a more mature approach to vampires (ala Scott Snyder’s American Vampire), then I could see me getting behind this. I guess we’ll see…

 

Justice League Dark 1

Written by Peter Milligan, Art by Mikel Janin, Cover by Ryan Sook

Solicitation Info (from Previews): The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing forces that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. And if those heroes can’t handle the job, who will stand against this mystical madness? Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat?

Bias: The other title that I’m really looking forward to. I’m a big fan of the magic characters, especially John Constantine, and as such, this looks right up my alley. Can’t wait!

 

Savage Hawkman 1

Written by Tony S. Daniel, Art & Cover by Philip Tan

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Carter Hall’s skill at deciphering lost languages has led him to a job with an archaeologist who specializes in alien ruins – but will the doctor’s latest discovery spread an alien plague through New York City? No matter the personal cost, Carter Hall must don his wings and become the new, savage Hawkman to survive! Witness the start of a new action series from writer Tony S. Daniel and artist Philip Tan that will take Hawkman where no hero has flown before!

Bias: In years past, my favorite aspect of the character’s history was the reincarnation bit. Removing that had me all but decided that I wasn’t interested in this title at all. And written by an artist? Yeah, that sealed the deal. Except…the artist in question wrote one of my favorite DCnU books so far: Detective Comics. Hmm…

 

Superman 1

Written by George Perez, Breakdowns & Cover by George Perez, Finishes by Jesus Merino

Solicitation Info (from Previews): The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis – one that he somehow is the cause of!

Bias: Superman has generally been a boring character – but with his new return to the original idea in Action Comics, it makes me wonder if the Superman we see in this title will be a continuation of that, or a sell-out.  Did he build a reputation as a (super)man of the people, only to decide his reputation is now too important to risk it doing what gave him that reputation to begin with? (Something we’ve seen all to much of in real life…) If nothing else, I’m curious to see what Stormwatch mentioned happening this issue that seems to have such far-reaching effects…

 

Teen Titans 1

Written by Scott Lobdell, Art & Cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Tim Drake, Batman’s former sidekick, is back in action when an international organization seeks to capture, kill or co-opt super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he’s going to have to team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and the hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash to stand any chance at all against a living, breathing weapon with roots in another world! They – along with a few other tortured teen heroes – will be the Teen Titans in this new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Brett Booth (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!

Bias: I’m rather excited about this title. I’m curious to see how the global conspiracy kidnapping super powered kids fits in to the DCnU. Unfortunately, Red Hood and the Outlaws has dimmed my enthusiasm somewhat, as both titles looked pretty and have the same writer. Hopefully he does a better job here than in that title.

 

Voodoo 1

Written by Ron Marz, Art & Cover by Sami Basri

Solicitation Info (from Previews): Who is Voodoo? Is she hero, villain – or both? Learn the truth about Priscilla Kitaen as she leaves a trail of violence across America. Discover the new DCU through her eyes, because the things she sees are not always what they seem…

Bias: I’ve enjoyed Ron Marz’ run on Witchblade for the most part (I came into it pretty late in the game, and am only about halfway through his run so far), and while I can see a definite parallel between the titles, I don’t know that it’ll be enough to hold my interest.

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