Thursday, January 23, 2014

SWEET AS: The Best From DC Comics' April 2014 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. From the final issues of Teen Titans, Stormwatch, Superman Unchained, Suicide Squad, Nightwing, and Justice League of America, to the launch of six new titles including Sinestro #1, when I look at the new releases of DC Comics for April 2014, these make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 COVER OF THE MONTH:  CLIFF CHIANG  WONDER WOMAN #30 

Some covers are so good they should just come with a complimentary frame, and Chiang's art here is definitely a prime example. Wonder Woman leading the Amazons never gets old, strip back the colour palette to a warm cold colour contrast and forget it - this one is going in the history books.

DC says: Wonder Woman, the God of War, takes command of the deadliest army ever! The Amazons are back, and they have some scores to settle... (W) Brian Azzarello (A) Goran Sudzuka

 THE REGULAR READS

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #3 The armies of the night are gathering. The universe is beginning its final dance. Morpheus, far from home, walks the path of madness, accompanied only by himself. (W) Neil Gaiman (A) J.H. Williams III

AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE #2 Pearl has made The Preston House a place of peace. But when something comes to threaten that peace, she'll do anything to protect her young strays. (W) Scott Snyder (A) Rafael Albuquerque.

AQUAMAN #30 Centuries ago, he aided Atlantis in a time of great need and suffered great betrayal for his efforts. Now Hercules is back -- but is he bent on revenge, or has he been consumed by madness? (W) Jeff Parker (A) Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons

ALL-STAR WESTERN #30 Now back in the Old West, Hex finds readjusting to his old life a bit more difficult than he expected -- especially when he finds out that there's a NEW Jonah Hex! Plus: This extra-sized issue features a back-up story drawn by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez that introduces Madam 44 to The New 52! (W) Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti (A) Staz Johnson, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez



 UNDER THE RADAR
DETECTIVE COMICS #30 A bold new direction as The Flash team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato take over the creative reins! Batman finds himself knee-deep in a new mystery involving a deadly new narcotic that has hit the streets of Gotham City. (W) Brian Buccelato and Francis Manapul (A) Francis Manapul

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME
BATGIRL #30 An ordinary day takes a turn for the worse when Barbara Gordon must find a way to save her roommate Alysia Yeoh from fan-favorite villain Ragdoll! Ragdoll written by Gail once more! (W) Gail Simone (A) Fernando Pasarin and Jonathan Glapion

 THE NEWBIES: 

SINESTRO #1 Thaal Sinestro has lost everything he's ever loved: his home, his family, his only friend. But no matter how desperate he becomes, Sinestro will never be without fear...a lesson his one-time ally, one-time enemy Lyssa Drak is eager to teach him! Can he take back the despicable Yellow Lantern Corps? Or does the universe have a new destiny in mind for Sinestro? (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Dale Eaglesham

SECRET ORIGINS #1 At last, the Secret Origins of the World's Greatest Heroes in The New 52 can be revealed! This series starts with The Last Son of Krypton and Supergirl, plus the first Robin, Dick Grayson. 48 pages. (W) Tony Bedard, Kyle Higgins and Greg Pak (A) Paulo Siqueira, Will Conrad and others





BATMAN ETERNAL #1 The start of the Bat-story so big it's going to take every week of the month to tell! A massive cast of Gotham City's best (and worst) examines the relationship between Batman, his allies and his city. Plus, Commissioner James Gordon is caught on the wrong side of the law! (W) Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes and Tim Seeley (A) Jason Fabok

FOREVER EVIL AFTERMATH: BATMAN VS. BANE #1 The title says it all! Forever Evil is over! Now, Batman has returned to take Gotham City back -- by force! The only thing standing in his way? Bane! 40 pages (W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Scot Eaton and Jaime Mendoza

AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #1 A Futures End prelude! Spinning out of Aquaman, the King of Atlantis and his teammates find themselves targeted by an unknown foe that wants their Atlantean artifacts! (W) Dan Jurgens (A) Lan Medina and Ed Tadeo








JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #0 In the aftermath of Forever Evil, Adam Strange is caught up in an adventure across the far reaches of the cosmos that will unite an unexpected team of heroes including Supergirl, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter and Animal Man. (W) Jeff Lemire (A) Mike McKone 

VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CYAN #1 CMYK will defy all conventions of traditional comics anthologies. The unifying color could suggest a mood, a plot point, a coloring technique -- limited only by the imagination of the fantastic creators we've lined up. Starting with Cyan, we have the challenge of telling compelling stories that scream cool "blue." 

 What do you think?  For the full list of DC's April 2014 solicitations, click the jump.

4 comments:

  1. Looking forwatd to the new Secret Origins - we could do with a regular ongoing series instead of the occasional one-off.
    But the WW book - the revisioning of the Amazons and their man-hating background still rankles with a lot of fans, so their return may be short-lived. Cliff Chiang's artwork is of course great but hes took too many breaks from the book lately.

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  2. This is your lucky day then Dale - Secret Origins is an ongoing, so make room on your pull list!

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  3. Dale?
    Hey, Ive got several years [and *cough* several inches!] on the afore-mentioned Mr Morbid but I could never be mistaken for him, sorry Dale[!].

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  4. Sorry Karl - must have been a brain-freeze moment.

    (and you have a different accent and all!)

    Take two: This is your lucky day then Karl - Secret Origins is an ongoing, so make room on your pull list!

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