Sunday, December 15, 2019

SWEET AS: DC Comics' Top 5 March 2020 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at all of DC Comics March 2020 solicitations (here), these five picks make the 'Sweet As' grade:

Jeremy Roberts' Aquaman - when your movie does better than 'Iron Man' you get covers like this.

ONE) I am so excited for STRANGE ADVENTURES #1 (of 12), it's hard not to rename this site after Adam Strange - my ultimate jetpack-wearing, ray-gun-blasting, sci-fi hero. The creative team behind Mister Miracle (Tom King and Mitch Gerads), pick up artist Evan “Doc” Shaner, to tell the tale of Adam and Alana, as they return to earth after helping the planet of Rann to victory in a planetary war - only to find trouble has followed them home!

Artist Jae Lee masters Wonder Woman subliminally auditioning for the X-Men.
2) Also in March, DC offers a whole bunch of key Justice League #1 reprints, from the team's 60-year history. While this list even includes JLA #1, the ultimate issue to hurdle your nana for - is JLA: YEAR ONE #1 by Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn, and Barry Kitson. It's got aliens, Black Canary, Hal Jordan and Aquaman - and if there was any actual justice, it would be the team's only #1 you would ever need to keep in mind.

3) Does anyone care that Hawkman had his 80th anniversary, with no acknowledgement at all? Just to rub salt in the wound, one of DC's other heroic bird dudes gets the ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR, with the publisher emptying their rolodex onto the book's creative team. Each Boy Wonder gets his own feature, with writers including Marv Wolfman, Chuck Dixon and Tom King, backed up by Tom Grummett (YES!), Scott McDaniel, Andy Kubert and more on art.

4) I can't write the above and not give a prop to HAWKMAN #22. Here, Hawkwoman (yes, she's back), Atom and Adam Strange try sending the murderous past-life the Batman Who Laughs has brought out in Hawkman, back to the end of the queue. With Carter Hall reincarnating endlessly until he's atoned for all the lives he took in his past, can the team stop Sky Tyrant from sending the tally in the opposite direction?

5) You know the book is going to be good, when the plot's one of those 'why hasn't anyone thought of this before' kind of moments. In BATMAN/SUPERMAN #8, writer Joshua Williamson has General Zod seek to resurrect his fellow Kryptonians in the Bottle City of Kandor, by using the Lazarus Pits of Ra’s al Ghul! Only Ra's isn't in the sharing mood. Not only does he have a league of assassins at his side, but the World's Finest also have to stop their super-foe-feud AND face a horde of Kandorian zombies. I mean how can you turn this stuff down?

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