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DC PUBWATCH – October Edition

Rogol Zaar holding Superman

The most important information this month got here out of New York Comedian Con, the place Brian Michael Bendis introduced his new imprint “Marvel Comics.” The imprint is concentrated on the teenage heroes of the DC Universe, and headlining that announcement was the returns of Bart Allen, Tim Drake, Cassie Sandsmark, and Conner Kent as an up to date Younger Justice. Becoming a member of Bendis on the brand new Younger Justice guide shall be considered one of his collaborators on the Superman books, Patrick Gleason. Gleason is nice at drawing teenagers, so this is a wonderful match. Additionally becoming a member of the Marvel Comics imprint are a brand new Dial H for Hero ebook by Sam Humphries and Joe Quinones, a Marvel Twins ebook by Mark Russell and Stephen Byrne, Naomi, a e-book specializing in an unique character developed by Bendis and co-writer David Walker with artwork by Jamal Campbell, and teased for a second wave is a brand new Amethyst ebook. The opposite massive information this month, that’s undoubtedly much less thrilling for me, is that Heroes In Disaster is increasing from a seven difficulty miniseries to a 9 situation miniseries. With how a lot I disliked the primary challenge, I’m much less excited on the prospect of extra.

Listed here are the letter grades for this month’s comics:

A+

Superman #four

Brian Michael Bendis (author), Ivan Reis (pencils), Joe Prado and Oclair Albert (inks), Josh Reed (letters), Alex Sinclair (colours)

Clark’s voice on this problem is ideal. It was particularly notable within the scenes he shared with Jon in flashback. I like seeing a Clark who’s longing for individuals to select themselves up and be higher. This was a fantastic father/son second, and I’m completely satisfied to see Bendis deal with that a part of Clark’s character. I additionally actually loved the Motion Comics #1 homage with Jon within the junkyard. Your complete difficulty was full of spectacular artwork from Reis, Prado, and Albert, however that single scene stood out to me.

Rogol Zaar holding Superman's cape

Cowl by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado

A

Motion Comics #1003

Brian Michael Bendis (author), Yanick Paquette (artwork), Nathan Fairbairn (colours), Josh Reed (letters)

I’m nonetheless a bit of frightened concerning the Clark and Lois marriage, however aside from my dangerous intestine feeling, this challenge was a delight. Bendis’s Batman and Superman interactions are precisely what I would like out of the 2 of them. The shock ending of the difficulty is one thing I’m curious to see play out, and hopefully quickly it can result in the household drama with the Kents being resolved. One factor’s for sure, if nothing else, Bendis is aware of Clark’s voice, and has alleviated at the very least these fears I as soon as had.

Batman Shielding Superman from Kryptonite

Cowl by Patrick Gleason

Border City #2

Eric M. Esquivel (author), Ramon Villalobos (artwork), Tamra Bonvillain (colours), Deron Bennett (letters)

The second concern of Border City is simply nearly as good as the primary, and simply as political, although a bit extra delicate about it. Clearly, not every part is delicate, however issues like a Pink Son Superman emblem standing in for a person’s fears of communists, proper alongside a “Really feel the Bern” shirt are a bit of extra delicate than final challenge’s intense imagery. Truthfully, it’s the delicate issues I really like most on this ebook, like a combined Mexican American teen having a poster of Kyle Rayner in his bed room, who plenty of writers put out of your mind is a combined Mexican American superhero himself.

Quinteh standing over a monster

Cowl by Ramon Villalobos

Harley Quinn #51

Sam Humphries (author), Sami Basri (artwork), Alex Sinclair (colours), Dave Sharpe (letters)

I’m extremely impressed with Sam Humphries’ run on Harley Quinn. I’ve loved this e-book greater than I’ve any ebook starring Quinn up to now, and I feel a part of that’s the introduction of Jonni DC as a supporting character. Jonni making an attempt to type out the notoriously convoluted continuity of Donna Troy was an exquisite little bit. Having Harley have to repair the continuity failures that she prompted is impressed, and I’m wanting ahead to the remainder of this arc. Harley Quinn has gone from considered one of my least favourite books to learn each month to considered one of my favorites.

Captain Triumph busting through a propaganda ad while Bombshell Harley looks on

Cowl by Julian Totino Tedesco

Justice League #9

Scott Snyder (author), Jorge Jimenez (artwork), Alejandro Sanchez (colours), Tom Napolitano (letters)

The factor that made this problem particular for me was seeing the personal rooms of every Justice League member. From how right down to Earth Clark’s area was, to how personal Bruce’s was. Every concept match every member completely. The difficulty was lighter on motion, however nonetheless match the continued narrative completely, because it allowed Snyder and Jimenez to discover what makes the League work as a workforce. Every of the members matches like a puzzle piece, and as an entire they take advantage of formidable group in existence. There was additionally one line that completely captured what Marvel Lady represents, and it was so refreshing to see. Between Orlando and Snyder, Diana is recovering properly from the Robinson run.

Superman battling an alien

Cowl by Jorge Jimenez

Justice League Darkish #three

James Tynion IV (author), Alvaro Martinez Bueno (pencils), Raul Fernandez (inks), Brad Anderson (colours), Rob Leigh (letters)

I’m a bit stunned that the Upside-down Man arc was so brief. It was actually good and actually creepy, and arrange the premise of the e-book fairly nicely, however with the hype the villain acquired on Twitter, I assumed he’d a minimum of be sticking round a bit longer. In all, this was a satisfying conclusion, even when I assumed it was a bit shorter than I needed. Tynion has gained me over on the Justice League Darkish, and I can’t wait to see how the “Witching Hour” performs out.

The Upsidedown Man

Cowl by Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez

Justice League Darkish #four

James Tynion IV (author), Alvaro Martinez Bueno (pencils), Raul Fernandez (inks), Brad Anderson (colours), Rob Leigh (letters)

Talking of the “Witching Hour,” holy crap Tynion shouldn’t be pulling any punches. Three points into the story, and the stakes are the very best they’ve ever been for the mystic heroes of the DC Universe. Nanda Parbat is in ruins, and the Parliament of Timber is in peril. Marvel Lady has been activated as one among Hecate’s sleeper brokers, and every part seems to be bleak as we head into the final two points. I’m curious who the opposite two sleeper brokers are, since we solely know three of of 5 (Marvel Lady, Manitou Daybreak, and Black Orchid). Both method, the magical aspect of the DC Universe isn’t going to be the identical after this collection.

JL Dark infront of a full moon

Cowl by Riley Rossmo

The Terrifics #eight

Dale Eaglesham & Jeff Lemire (storytellers), Michael Atiyeh (colours), Tom Napolitano (letters)

I nonetheless don’t understand how I really feel about Physician Dread, as a result of my largest grievance concerning the “New Age of Heroes” books stays that they’re simply flat carbon copies of Marvel properties. The Terrifics no less than had a bit extra going for it with the staff having to stay shut or get blown up. Now that limitation appears to even be gone, however the totally different worlds they went to made up for it. Plastic Man and Pneuman in “Funnyland” alone was well worth the worth of admission on this situation.

The Terrifics and Tom Strong fighting plants

Cowl by Dale Eaglesham

Titans #26

Dan Abnett (author), Brent Peeples (pencils), Matt Santorelli (inks), Hello-Fi (colours), Dave Sharpe (letters)

In contrast to the opposite Titans group in comics proper now, this workforce is admittedly beginning to come collectively. I really like the addition of Ben Rubels to the staff. Ben was a fantastic a part of Steve Orlando’s Supergirl run, and I’m glad the character will get to have a continued existence now that Kara is off in area. The group nonetheless has some communication issues, however no less than they’re staring to return collectively beneath Dick’s management. Makes one marvel how that is going to play out with the occasions of Nightwing although. Over there he’s been shot within the head and is amnesiac. So it’s solely a matter of time earlier than this ebook has to reference that.

The Titans encased in gooey red substances

Cowl by Brandon Peterson

B

Adventures of the Tremendous Sons #three
Aquaman #41
Cowl #2
Inexperienced Arrow #45
Inexperienced Lanterns #57
Harley Quinn #52
Hawkman #5
Home of Whispers #2
Injustice 2 #35-36
Justice League #10
Lucifer #1
Nightwing #50
Pearl #three
Supergirl #23
Superman Big #four
The Flash #55
Teen Titans Big #three
The Dreaming #2
The Sudden #5
United States Vs Homicide Inc #2
Marvel Lady #55-56
Marvel Lady/Justice League Darkish: The Witching Hour #1

C

Batgirl #27
Batman #56-57
Batman: Kings of Worry #2
Batman Past #24
Catwoman #four
Injury #10
Deathstroke #36
Doomsday Clock #7
Inexperienced Lanterns #56
Justice League Big #four
Justice League Odyssey #1
Michael Cray #12
New Challengers #6
Plastic Man #5
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #eight
Scarlet #2
Sideways #9
Silencer #9
Suicide Squad #47
Teen Titans #23
The Curse of Brimstone #7
The Flash #56
The Titans #27

D

Detective Comics #989-990

James Robinson (author), Stephen Segovia (artwork), Ivan Plascencia (colours), Rob Leigh (letters)

I’m grouping these collectively principally so I don’t have to write down about the identical factor a number of occasions. James Robinson continues to put in writing Batman poorly in his fortunately brief Detective run. I’m counting the weeks earlier than Tomasi comes on to the e-book. I’m simply actually uninterested in slugging via a number of points written by my least favourite writers each month. That stated, this month’s points have been barely higher than final month’s points. My largest gripe right here was that Batman was too bantery in battle scenes. That’s Dick’s schtick not Bruce’s.

Batman throwing batarangs

Cowl by John Paul Leon

Nightwing #51

Scott Lobdell (plot), Fabian Nicieza (further script), Travis Moore and Garry Brown (artwork), Hello-Fi and Nick Filardi (colours), Deron Bennett (letters)

Talking of Dick, hoo boy. It’s a great factor I hated Heroes In Disaster a lot, as a result of in any other case this might take the underside slot. I hate all the things about this new arc, save the beautiful artwork. I hate that Scott Lobdell retains being given guide after e-book, regardless of being a horrible author and a worse human being. I hate the clumsy story and the handy incorrect portrayals of mind trauma. If somebody has sufficient trauma to overlook 15 years of their life, they’ve sufficient mind trauma that their muscle reminiscence can be gone too. Most of all, I hate Ric. It’s the stupidest factor I’ve ever learn, and I obtained by means of 20 problems with James Robinson’s Marvel Lady. One final thing, we simply did this story: Batman member of the family will get amnesia, so a cop takes the heroic id of the amnesiac. I do know you share a primary identify, however you’re not Scott Snyder, Lobdell.

Nightwing falling and throwing an escrima stick

Cowl by Mike Perkins

Purple Hood Outlaw #27

Scott Lobdell (author), Pete Woods (artwork), ALW’s Troy Peteri (letters)

Inexperienced Arrow #45 was a remembrance problem for Roy Harper executed proper. Purple Hood was the other. It felt chilly and lifeless, with one exception. The one half that felt like actual mourning was Jason’s telephone name to Roy. In any other case, I don’t purchase for a second that Jason would take the information of his “greatest pal” dying so calmly. One of the best a part of this concern was the half not involving Roy. The vibe of the city was actually unsettling. R.I.P. Roy, you deserved higher than this for a memorial.

Jason Todd beating someone off panel with a bloody crowbar

Cowl by Yasmine Putri

F

Heroes In Disaster #1

My full assessment of this ebook may be discovered right here.

The DC Universe heroes all in morning

Cowl by Clay Mann

Solicits

YOUNG JUSTICE #1
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
artwork and canopy by PATRICK GLEASON
variant cowl by PATRICK GLEASON
AMETHYST variant cowl by TBD
IMPULSE variant cowl by TBC
ROBIN variant cowl by TBD
SUPERBOY variant cowl by TBD
WONDER GIRL variant cowl by TBD
clean variant cowl obtainable
Superboy! Marvel Woman! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They’re all united in YOUNG JUSTICE #1, the debut difficulty of a brand-new collection that additionally introduces new heroes Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex!
When the nightmare dimension generally known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes reunite to cope with the state of affairs—however they’re shocked to find the battle could be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.okay.a. Superboy! This mixture of fan favorites and new legacy heroes would be the middle level for a few of the largest goings-on at DC! As if that weren’t sufficient, Bendis reunites with all-star artist Patrick Gleason (SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS, GREEN LANTERN CORPS) to deliver the brand new heroes of DC’s Marvel Comics to life!
ON SALE 01.09.19
$four.99 US | 40 PAGES

Superboy, Robin and Impulse jumping or flying at the camera

How might I not begin with this? Tim, Bart, Cassie, and Conner are all a few of my favourite characters, and I’m glad to have all of them again and hopefully with out the stink of what the New 52 did to any of them.

THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE #1
written by JOHN RIDLEY
artwork and canopy by ALEX DOS DIAZ
variant cowl by TB
Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Let It Fall) examines the mythology of the DC Universe on this compelling new miniseries that reframes iconic moments of DC historical past and charts a beforehand unexplored sociopolitical thread as seen by way of the prism of DC Tremendous Heroes who come from historically disenfranchised teams.
This distinctive new collection presents its story as prose by Ridley married with superbly realized colour illustrations from a choice of thrilling illustrators and comics artists. Alex Dos Diaz offers artwork for #1, which follows the story of Jefferson Pierce, the person who will in the future turn out to be Black Lightning, as he makes his approach from being a younger monitor star to a instructor and, finally, to his position as a hero.
Future points give attention to characters reminiscent of Karen and Mal Duncan, Tatsu Yamashiro and Renee Montoya.
Extensively researched and masterfully executed, THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE guarantees to be an expertise in contrast to some other. Chances are you’ll assume you understand the historical past of the DC Universe … however the fact is way extra complicated. THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE isn’t about saving the world—it’s about having the power to easily be who you’re.
PRESTIGE FORMAT
ON SALE 01.30.19
$7.99 US | 1 of 5 | 64 PAGES

Black Lighting in front of a full moon

This one has been fascinating to me because it was introduced, and the truth that it’s being finished the identical approach the unique Historical past of the DC Universe collection was executed makes it extra fascinating. I’m excited for this illustrated prose e-book.

GREEN ARROW #48
written by COLLIN KELLY and JACKSON LANZING
artwork by JAVIER FERNANDEZ
cowl by KEVIN NOWLAN
variant cowl by NEAL ADAMS
Rely Vertigo levels a jailbreak and turns Seattle right into a surrealist maelstrom that threatens to eat all the metropolis. However when Ollie learns Vertigo’s true motivations, the Emerald Archer’s fragile psyche can be ripped to shreds. Is Ollie throwing himself into the hero recreation due to a dying want? Not if Black Canary has something to sing about it.
ON SALE 01.09.19
$three.99 US | 32 PAGES

Green Arrow falling from a great height

Right here’s one I’m much less comfortable about. I’ve very a lot loved the Benson sisters on the e-book, so unceremoniously dumping them after simply 5 points is disappointing to me. Nothing towards Lanzing and Kelly; I’m simply not a fan of such a transfer by publishers.

THE GREEN LANTERN #three
written by GRANT MORRISON
artwork and canopy by LIAM SHARP
variant cowl by JAE LEE
When the Earth goes up on the market on the alien black market, it’s as much as the Inexperienced Lantern Corps to bust up “The Slave Lords of the Stars” within the newest area saga from Grant Morrison (MULTIVERSITY) and Liam Sharp (WONDER WOMAN)! With the Justice League frozen by Gamma Gong tech, Earth finally ends up on the public sale block, and Volgar Zo hosts a menagerie of the universe’s deadliest despots and criminals: Steppenwolf, Queen Bee, the Dominators, and far, a lot worse. Hal Jordan leads a squad of Lanterns into the fray—and somebody’s going to pay the last word worth earlier than this case will get closed.
ON SALE 01.09.19
$three.99 US | 32 PAGES

GREEN LANTERN VERSUS GOD

That is a type of instances through which a canopy utterly bought me on eager to learn a e-book. Hal Jordan versus God.

SUPERMAN #7
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
artwork by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO and BRANDON PETERSON
cowl by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
variant cowl by DAVID FINCH
It’s the second you’ve been ready for: the surprising return of the son of Superman! A yr spent touring the celebs modified Jon Kent. Are mother and father Clark and Lois prepared for the all-new, all-different Superboy? Secrets and techniques are revealed, a brand new look debuts and Superman’s world is modified eternally!
ON SALE 01.16.19
$three.99 US | 32 PAGES

Jor-El fighting Superman

Lastly the return of Jon Kent. It’s going to be bizarre and enjoyable having two totally different Superboys operating round, however I’m right here for it.

Bonus:

ESSENTIALS: WONDER WOMAN, THE CHEETAH, SUPERGIRL AND CYBORG SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURES
DC ESSENTIALS is a line of 1:10 scale motion figures based mostly on DC characters with common attraction, accessible to each longtime collectors and people simply beginning out, which delivers genuine element from an organization with 20 years’ expertise creating high-quality motion figures.
Allocations might happen
Last merchandise might differ from pictures proven
Roughly eight models per carton
ON SALE JUNE 2019
$26.00 US
Every determine bought individually
WONDER WOMAN – 6.eight″ Tall
THE CHEETAH – 6.5″ Tall
SUPERGIRL – 6.45″ Tall
CYBORG SUPERMAN – 6.86″ Tall

Supergirl Action Figure

That is the second Rebirth Supergirl they’ve completed as an motion determine. Whereas I really like the primary one, with the interchangeable heads and palms, she’s actually not nice at standing on her personal with no base. I hope this determine stands higher.

That’s it for this month, please be a part of me again right here subsequent month as we see extra fallout from Heroes In Disaster, and eventually see the reunion of Clark and Lois!