Saturday, July 17, 2021

SWEET AS: DC Comics' Top 5 for October 2021

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at all of DC Comics October 2021 solicitations, these five make the 'Sweet As' grade:

1) Diana has never had a defining story, like she has creator runs. That's all set to change with WONDER WOMAN HISTORIA: THE AMAZONS #1. Where the secret plan of the goddesses of Olympus, meets Hipployta - leading to outright war in Heaven and the creation of the Earth's greatest guardian! Sure it's 72 pages and the price tag is a bit of a climb, but seeing Phil Jimenez draw Wonder Woman again - completely unleashed - is more than worth it!

2) Forget Peacemaker's breakdown Bat-fans, don't miss the revival of Azrael. I never followed him into space in Justice League: Odyessy - as it didn't match the character. In BATMAN: URBAN LEGENDS #8 the last acolyte of the Order of St. Dumas has also realised he strayed too far from his purpose and begins to reassert himself. Then in ARKHAM CITY: THE ORDER OF THE WORLD #1, Azrael starts to stalk the Arkham Asylum escapees, giving them an all-new reason to fear.

Because you can never have enough Lobo.
3) Who predicted a 7-issue team-up title between Aquaman and Green Arrow? The unlikely new 'hard travelling heroes' may be celebrating their 80th anniversaries by tackling the timeline altering madness of Scorpio in AQUAMAN / GREEN ARROW: DEEP TARGET #1, but by quiver or by trident it is great to see the next row of heroes in the Justice League getting their moment in the sun. Hawkman / Robin - let's see you two birds of prey up next!

4) While the Superman book runs with a new junior Man of Steel, ACTION COMICS #1036 kicks off the mega 'Warworld Saga' where an enslaved race tied to Krypton sees the original (and always unbeaten) Man of Steel seek to takedown Mongul and liberate his throneworld. World-building and upping the stakes in a Death and Return of Superman-style - this is the Super-path my wallet will be going down. 40pgs.

5) The ultimate Darkseid has arrived in the DCU and will helm the next Crisis. Wonder Woman finally returns to earth in WONDER WOMAN #780, in an anniversary-sized story that paves the way towards her future in the DCU. After getting back in the JLA where she belongs, it doesn't take much to see that that 40 pages of path paving is only leading to the Lord of Apokolips, and boy will that brawl be BIG.

Read DC's full October 2020 solicitations here.

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