Monday, March 23, 2009

June Solicitations

And... We're back! Just in time for... Solicitations!

Oh, how I love this time of the month. Getting sneak peaks at comics that won't come out for another three months. Looking at the covers. Reading those delightfully vague and fantastically misleading issue teasers. What a fine, fine day it is.

Let's get started.
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Ed Benes & Rob Hunter
Cover by Tony Daniel & Sandu Florea
Variant cover by JG Jones
In this special epilogue to BATTLE FOR THE COWL, new BATMAN writer Judd Winick rejoins the Bat Family! This 40-page issue explores the final moments of the Battle for the Cowl as the new Batman learns that winning the Cowl comes at a high price! Witness the new Batman taking to the streets of Gotham City for the first time! Putting a new man inside the Bat-suit was the easy part – now the fun begins! Guest-starring Superman and Wonder Woman, this issue is a must-read for any Batman fan.
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Tony Daniel & Sandu Florea), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by JG Jones). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale June 10 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
It's the birth of the new Batman! Who is he? What's his game? And which of these books am I going to get?

Well, I know I'll be getting this one. Judd Winick's previous Batman run was one of my all time favorites. As for the others... I'll most certainly be getting Detective and I think the Manhunter back-up has pushed me into picking up Streets of Gotham. We'll have to see about the others...
Written by Dan Jurgens and Matthew Sturges
Art by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund and Mike Norton
Cover by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund
“Day of Death” part 1! When Booster Gold learns of Batman’s death, he visits the Batcave, but runs into a new Dark Knight. Fists will fly and Batman will die...again! And in the debut of a new 10-page co-feature, Blue Beetle is back! While enjoying a peaceful lunch with his friends, Jaime Reyes – and all of El Paso, Texas – are attacked by a marauding 50-foot robot, and only Blue Beetle can stop this mechanized monster.
On sale June 19 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Hooray! More Blue Beetle!

That is all.
Written by Len Wein
Art by Jose Luis & JP Mayer
Cover by Ed Benes & Rob Hunter
The cards are against the remnants of the Justice League! And those cards are the Royal Flush Gang! Can even Superman and Wonder Woman save a team whose luck has run out? Featuring the deadly return of an old foe in part 1 of a 2-part story.
On sale June 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Okay. I lived in Japan for several years. I've literally seen thousands of Japanese people in my day. I've lived with them. I've taught their children.

And they don't have blue eyes, dammit!

Seriously. Japanese people have brown eyes. All of them. So unless it's explained away as a cosequence of her super-powers (which is a stupid explanation) the colorist mucked that up. Details matter, people.
Written by Jerry Ordway
Art by Jerry Ordway & Bob Wiacek
Cover by Jerry Ordway
A Japanese spirit has appeared to exact revenge on the living symbols of America’s atomic warfare while the rest of the JSA reaches out to another founding member for assistance: The Spectre! Continuing the haunting new arc by Jerry Ordway and Bob Wiacek.
On sale June 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
This looks interesting. I hope Ordway deals with the issue of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in the proper way. I imagine he will, but it's still a difficult subject to take up. A lot of raw nerves even after all this time. Those were some of the darkest days in human history...

Also, dragons? Really more Chinese than Japanese... If you want something that's real Japan, well...
Written by Joe Casey
Art by ChrisCross
Cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
The following is a message on behalf of the Super
Young Team:
The Super Young Team would like to formally and publicly sever all ties with the manufacturers of OXY-GEN. When the team agreed to be celebrity sponsors of the product, their contracts in no way disclosed the potential deadly side effects. We in no way endorse a product that could cause our fans to be harmed, and will be making a donation to the charities helping the victims of the OXY-GEN tragedy. In the meantime, please visit our website where you can leave video messages for your favorite member of Super Young Team, and be sure to take part in the trivia challenge!
On sale June 17 • 2 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Oh yeah.



At 9:39 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Ah, the joy of solicits, getting all worked up and then finally realizing that the interior is nothing at all what was promised.

Sometimes that's not such a bad thing however. I'm SO giddy about the return of Blue Beetle.

At 3:39 AM, Blogger Adam said...

pssst Ryan, Japanese people "can" have blue eyes, particularly if they have any non-asian ancestry.

I am really excited about the super-young teams return too.

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Diamondrock said...

Yes yes Adam, you know that and I know that. But I figured it best not to muddy the waters with such things. After all, we know that Doctor Light doesn't have non-Asian ascestry.

But still, outside of anime it's almost a universal standard.


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