Various DC Previews

Right here you can check out previews of some of DC’s releases this week. There’s peeks at the third issues of All Star Western, Aquaman, Blackhawks, Batman: The Dark Knight, The Flash, Fury of Firestorm, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Justice League Dark, Savage Hawkman, Superman, Teen Titans and Voodoo.

Here’s a few of my fave pics from those…picks.

 

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #13 Preview

When I first saw this cover and the solicitation text that promised a team-up of all the Robins to save Batman’s life, I knew that I must have it. Chris Sims at Comics Alliance has now shown that I was right. Check out a preview and rundown of the charming all-ages ish right here.

 

A Few Previews of This Week’s DC 52 Books

Handily compiled at DC’s official blog are a few peeks at the third issues of DC’s New 52 titles. At the link you’ll find pretty pics (with text!) of #3s of Action Comics, Animal Man, Batwing, Detective Comics, Green Arrow, Hawk and Dove, Justice League International, Men of War, O.M.A.C, Red Lanterns, Stormwatch and Swamp Thing. Wow.

Extra Sequential Podcast #64-Forgotten DC #1s

69 mins. We thought we’d turn back the clock to the some old debuts from DC Comics and compare them to the current blast of new series premieres, and discuss the trouble of new superhero concepts and the business of such. Also, Beauty and the Geek, Family Matters and Bruce Willis.

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1: 58 NEWS

Batman: Arkham City fan made costume

The new Punisher TV series

Superman’s co-creator’s auction

Watchmen 2 gets some movement

Sydney Zombie Walk, and a great zombie print from Silver Fox Comics

13:45 THEME – FORGOTTEN DC #1s

The Highwaymen. It’s like Red, but with added Bill Clinton and more innocent deaths.

Lab Rats from John Byrne. It’s like The Matrix, or tries to be. It fails.

Suicide Squad – old and new.

Hawk and Dove – old (hard rocking!) and new (zombies on airplanes!).

Firebrand featuring exploding mechanical legs.

How the storytelling and marketing approach varies between the old DC #1s and the 2011 versions.

 

The Unexpected #1 Review

The Unexpected #1 is a one-shot from DC Comics/ Vertigo. Under that irresistible cover from Rafael Grampa (look at it! a woman in bloody stilettos, with dead birds strapped to her about to go psycho on some ’50s lovers at a skull screening drive-in!) are some great stories, in the vein of Twilight Zone. As with all mixed bags like this, there’s bound to be some losers amongst the winners, but the strike rate here is pretty good and I hope they publish another one.

The Great Karlini by Dave Gibbons is the first tale. It’s about a cheating escaplogist who eventually gets his comeuppance. It’s all told in 8 panel pages and his narration which lends a certain weight.

Dogs by G. Willow Wilson and Robert Rodriguez is frankly, awesome. It’s a simple story but looks great with Rodriguez’s slightly sketchy and expressive visual style. Set in a small country town filled with pet canines who get fed up with the stupid and violent humans around them, they suddenly start walking upright and take revenge. It’s an entertaining “tables are turned” story in just 8 pages.

Look Alive by Alex Gracian and Jill Thompson is about a woman who’s a zombie in a world full of them who pretends to be normal with constant drug use and lots of makeup, but can’t speak as she still sounds like one. She manages to survive with her crafty ways tough.

The dark humour continues with A Most Delicate Monster by writer Jeffrey Rotter and artist Lelio Bonaccorso which centres on a cloned caveman who’s unleashed upon the world to experience its sin and excess.

There’s a tragic muder drama in The Land by Joshua Dysart and Farel Dalrymple, violent survival in Mat Johnsons’s and David Lapham’s Family First and the blurring of real and online life in Joshua Hale Fialkov’s and Rahsan Ekedal’s Alone. The last two short comics are Americana by Brian Wood and Emily Carroll and a preview of DC’s upcoming Voodoo Child #1 by Selwyn Sefu Hinds and Denys Cowan. They both look good, but don’t really fit in with the thematic link of the previous tales.

If you grabbed the recent Strange Adventures anthology which used sci-fi as a template, this should entice you, if you also like supernatural stuff that is. I hope DC produce more of these grab bags, as not only are they a good “in” for newbies, but they give both veteran and up and coming creators an audience.

New York Comic Con 2011 Action Figures

Want to see some cool figures, mainly of Marvel and DC characters, thet were shown at NYCC? Sure you do. Plenty more here,  including Young Justice, and Arkham City, and I must say, this is the first time Superman’s redesigned costume has actually looked good.

DC #2 Reviews

Most of the Dc #1s I picked up last month will not have me grabbing their follow up issues. However, last week hit me with three pleasant surprises.

Batman and Robin #2. When Grant Morrison first introduced Damian (son of Bruce) Wayne, he was a proud brat who saw Batman as weak. He was awesome. He eventually softened, but now we have the more hard edged Damian back in the Robin costume. In the first four pages here, writer Peter J. Tomasi does a fantastic job of explaining Damian’s origin and the entire Batman/Robin relationship. Bruce is hesitant to praise Damian’s work in the field, while the boy soldier is retreating further into his inner darkness. This series could turn into a great character study, while an old acquaintance of Bruce (and enemy of Batman) surfaces. Patrick Gleason’s art is fluid and dynamic and this is the kind of series that newbies and us oldies will find irresistible.

Preview here.

Green Lantern #2. Another series putting a new twist on a classic partnership is this emerald beauty. Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke know exactly what they’re doing and kicking things off last month with a green power ring back on the hand of former Lantern and Hal’s mentor, Sinestro is a great way to shake things up. Here Hal gets his desperate desires answered by Sinestro creating a power ring for him, but it comes with a tight leash. The bulk of the issue deals with the tumultuous relationship between these two space faring warriors, while one of Sinestro’s old, ugly comrades from the Sinestro Corps shows up claiming betrayal and promptly gets beaten, well, killed actually. With Sinestro demanding Hal assist him in taking the fight to his old Corps, the action will only ramp up from here on.

Preview here.

Grifter #2. Not as epic (yet) as the above two, but just as entertaining. A character I never cared for until now, Cole Cash is a grifter and former black ops soldier who now wears a groovy mask and tries to explain to his partner in crime (and the bedroom) that he can now see aliens, known as Daemonites, although only the cover refers to them as such. Aliens who follow him, disguise themselves as humans, and want him dead that is. A fight with a cop in a diner and a look at a shadowy military presence, which involves Cash’s brother, makes this a kind of Bourne in the DCU, with effective action staging from artist Cafu and some tight plotting from Nathan Edmondson.

Preview here.

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