Thursday, July 11, 2013

SWEET AS: The Best From DC Comics' October 2013 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. From the new Krypton still lives to the launch of Justice League 3000, when I'm looking at the best and new releases from DC Comics for October 2013, these comics here make the 'Sweet As' grade:.

 COVER OF THE MONTH:
LEONARDO MANCO  ALL-STAR WESTERN #24 

You know, of all the DC52 titles, I think All-Star Western is the one I kick myself for missing most of all. Covers of Hex's scarred yet shocked face at what a modern Gotham City gunshop can offer, just one of the cool, yet clever, yet funny reasons why.

 DC Says:  This is the end of the line for Jonah Hex's trip to modern day Gotham City! Is his future our past or a padded cell in Arkham Asylum? (W) Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti (A) Moritat.

 UNDERCOVER CREATIVE:  ALEX MALEEV  BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #24 

He did sensational covers on Daredevil for years, now he's shaking the artistic tree with his interpretation of the Dark Knight, and Clayface as well!

Locked up in Arkham, Gotham City is safe from Clayface. But what led Clayface to become the monster that he is? The answers lie here. (W) Gregg Hurwitz (A) Alex Maleev.


 THE NEWBIES: 

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 (of 6)
(W) Neil Gaiman (A) J.H. Williams III

From the birth of a galaxy to Morpheus's capture, in this The Sandman's origin story, expect cameo appearances by The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King's siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.

Gaiman warns: "...one of the Endless dies on page five." (Mature Readers)

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1
(W) Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis (A) Kevin Maguire
The heroes of today--in the year 3000 (and the home of the Legion of Super-Heroes (?))! How did they get there?

DAMIAN: SON OF BATMAN #1
(W and A) Andy Kubert
Damian Wayne, the son of Batman. What set this troubled teen on his path to a mantle that may never be his?

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #1 
(W) Charles Soule (A) Tony S. Daniel and Batt
Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned 'love' spells Doomsday!

BEWARE THE BATMAN #1 
(W) Ivan Cohen (A) Luciano Vecchio.
An all-ages series! Bruce Wayne spent years learning crime-fighting. Now he's ready to take on the criminal underground as the Batman!

FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #1
(W) Brian Buccellato (A) Patrick Zircher
The Rogues call no man boss, but a new threat leaves them one choice; fall in line or fall apart.

FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR #1
(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Scot Eaton and Jaime Mendoza
Madness hits the streets as both Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison escapees attack a Dark Knight-free Gotham City.

FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S. #1 
(W) Matt Kindt (A) Manuel Garcia
Villains have killed the Justice League and decimated A.R.G.U.S.'s HQ. Only Steve Trevor and A.R.G.U.S. survivors can pick up the pieces.

THE WITCHING HOUR #1
(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Sturges and more, (A) Mark Buckingham, Cliff Chiang, Shawn Mcmanus and more
The secret spell to controlling the universe is revealed here, along with nine new supernatural tales in 70 pages. (Mature Readers)

COFFIN HILL #1
(W) Caitlin Kittredge (A) Inaki Miranda
Eve Coffin, a rebellious teen from a high-society family, wakes up naked, covered in blood and unable to remember. From the same event, one friend is missing, one is in a mental ward--and one knows Eve is responsible. Now ten years on, Eve returns to Coffin Hill to find the evil she woke that night still walks. (Mature Readers)

HINTERKIND #1
(W) Ian Edginton (A) Francesco Trifogli
Decades after "The Blight" all but wiped out mankind, The Hinterkind have returned. Creatures of myth, yet flesh, blood and hatred for those who drove them into the shadows: The human race! Now they are about to cross paths with Prosper Monday, a girl seeking to find her grandfather outside the secure walls of her city.

 What do you think?  For the full list of DC's October 2013 solicitations, click the jump!

6 comments:

  1. I have so missed Merv. I can't watch Return to Oz without substituting Merv's sarcastic voice for Jack's pg rated one. He's the best pumpkinhead ever created.
    I was wondering if they were going to get McKean back on the covers, but I guess not. I love the one I've seen, but somehow it feels...wrong...to NOT have McKean's surrealistic work covering an issue.

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  2. Your actually right on the money Random, Dave will be doing a variant cover for this issue so look out for it! His covers and art really define Vertigo to me, Punch and Judy springing to mind most right now, so it makes sense to have him involved.

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  3. Yay! That's the one I'll be buying. And you are dead right about it defining Vertigo. Nothing else has quite the same tone.

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  4. Great, great covers. and Sandman's back....for this one time.

    I am intrigued by the JL3000 concept though. I've always been a fan of Howard Porter's work, and his designs here don't fail to impress.

    So, is it the original league stuck in the future, or new futuristic predecessors?

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  5. No Justice Legion please please please please please...
    ...oh go on then. Its still Legion.

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  6. Karl and Dave, you're right, JL3000 will be a bit of a curve ball, it is going to be odd seeing the League running around interacting with the Legion's trademark places. Does a world cared for by the Legion make a one planet League seem kind of impotent?

    I was on the fence myself until the creative team was announced. These guys know good League, and if they show others how cool DC's future is, it could lead to good Legion too.

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