Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SWEET AS: The Top Comics From DC's September 2016 Solicitations

The cover for Scott Snyder and John Romita Jr's All-Star Batman #2
When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at DC Comics' August 2016 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:


The atoms are buzzing. The daydreams crowd sentient streets, and the creative team has been warned, "Turn back now or suffer the mighty consequence of sheer, psycho-maniacal mayhem." Generation-arsonists unite--this is DOOM PATROL, and the God of the Super Heroes is bleeding on the floor.

A blenderized reimagining of the ultimate series of the strange, DOOM PATROL combines elements from classic runs, new directions, and things that could not be. Our entry point is Casey Brinke, a young EMT on the graveyard shift to abstract enlightenment, with a past so odd that she's not entirely sure what is real and what is not. Along with her partner, Sam Reynolds, the pair blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3am is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman.

New beginnings, as well as the re-introduction of some classic D.P. characters, including Niles Caulder, Negative Man, Flex Mentallo, and Crazy Jane. Young Animal (W) Gerard Way (A) Nick Derington

WONDER WOMAN #6-7 (W) Greg Rucka #6 "Wonder Woman Year One," part three. Diana brings Steve back home, but the reception is not what either of them expected. (A) Nicola Scott #7 "The Lies," chapter four. One god down--how many more to go? Diana takes another step closer to the truth, and Steve Trevor confronts his past! (A) Liam Sharp

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #4-5 (W) Robert Venditti (A) Ethan Van Sciver "Sinestro's Law" #4 Sinestro's grip on the universe tightens with Hal Jordan captured, as the two former partners edge closer to a final confrontation for control of the cosmos! #5 Sinestro's Fear Engine powers up as the Green Lantern Corps streaks across the universe to find Guy Gardner, but instead come face to face with a battle-ready armada standing in their way.

AQUAMAN #6-7 (W) Dan Abnett #6 "The Drowning" conclusion! Aquaman and Mera are on the run for a crime they didn't commit. They've fought through every kind of firepower the U.S. military has thrown. Now all that's left between them and Atlantis is the Man of Steel... (A) Brad Walker and Drew Hennessey. #7 "Who framed Aquaman?" The investigation into the Atlantean attack on American forces kicks off as the criminal collective N.E.M.O. unleashes a new and terrible weapon that threatens the existence of Atlantis itself. (A) Scot Eaton

JUSTICE LEAGUE #4-5 (W) Bryan Hitch "The Extinction Machine" #4 In the center of the Earth, Superman faces three doomsday machines set to tear the world apart, while Earth's two Green Lanterns discover just what a purged planet is truly like. (A) Jesus Merino #5 In this concluding chapter, the race to the corners of the Earth is on for Aquaman as he holds the key to saving our planet from destruction! Is this the final battle between the Justice League and The Kindred--or just the start of something far worse? (A) Tony S. Daniel

TITANS #3 "The Return of Wally West," part 3. The Titans receive word that Karen Beecher-Duncan -- a.k.a. Bumblebee -- has been kidnapped! Is there a connection between a shadowy new foe and the intergalactic demon that stole their memories? (W) Dan Abnett (A) Brett Booth

What do you think? For DC's full September solicits, click here.

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