Wednesday, November 18, 2009

February Solicitations

Okay, let's do this, folks. They came out on Monday but I'm talking about them now. February 2010 solicits. Hit it.
On Sale February 10 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Written by Tony Bedard • Art by Travis Moore • Covers by Francis Manapul
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Francis Manapul), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Francis Manapul and renumbered ADVENTURE COMICS #510). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
There are a lot of Blackest Night tie-ins this month. But this one is the one I want to talk about. What do you think they mean when they "Black Lantern Superboy"? Consider: during Legion of Three Worlds Superboy was resurrected a thousand years in the future from a body that had been rejuvenating under the Fortress of Solitude for that long. In the present that corpse is still there. How creepy is that?
Issue #8 on sale February 10 • Issue #9 on sale February 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by Grant Morrison • Art and Variant covers by Cameron Stewart • Covers by Frank Quitely
BATMAN AND ROBIN double-ships in February with part 2 and 3 of “Blackest Knight” guest-starring Batwoman, Knight and Squire! Only months into his new role as Batman, Dick Grayson faces perhaps the biggest threat of his life. In hopes of attaining his heart’s desire, has Dick instead unleashed a terror the likes of which the world has never seen?
Meanwhile, back in Gotham City, Alfred and a recuperating Robin are at the mercy of someone both fearsome and familiar...
Retailers please note: Both of these issues will ship with two covers each. For every 25 copies of the Standard Editions (with covers by Frank Quitely), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Editions (with covers by Cameron Stewart). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. Issue #8 on sale February 10; issue #9 on sale February 24 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Look, I know I'm supposed to like Dick Grayson as "Batman." Everybody else does. But I don't. I want the real Batman back. I want Bruce Wayne. I want the Batman I've known for my whole life and then some.

Good God, is this what the Hal Jordan fans felt like?
On Sale February 24 • 7 of 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Written by James Robinson • Art and cover by Mauro Cascioli
This is the big one! After the catastrophes seen in issues #5 and #6, a hero loses control, leading to an unexpected ending that will fundamentally change the lives of the World’s Greatest Heroes forever. This issue launches a major storyline in the DC Universe and is not to be missed!
The guy has a quiver on his back. Between this and "Black Lantern Green Arrow #30" what the hell is going on with Green Arrow?

We keep hearing that he's a character to watch next year. But I don't have any idea what is supposed to happen. And what's the deal with him being a Black Lantern? Did a black ring somehow regenerate a body from the bits that Parallax didn't use to reconstruct Ollie's body? Or does Green Arrow die in Cry for Justice #7?

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At 8:03 AM, Blogger Saranga said...

Maybe everyman dies (again) still looking liek Ollie and he's ressurected as Black Lanetrn GA?

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Yes, that's EXACTLY how Hal Jordan fans felt. EXACTLY.

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Jake said...

There was the other montage Black Hand did of heroes who died and were "resurrected", I assume something horrible will happen to them as well. However what does this mean for Superman/Superboy who were never REALLY dead, just in Kryptonian hybernation? Oh the problems of Retcon.

I think the difference between Hal/Kyle and Bruce/Dick is that Kyle kept trying to show he was better than Hal, and Hal was made a monster. Dick inhereited the role, and it's being made clear in a lot of subtle ways that he's not as good as Bruce. Which is fine because we know he's not dead either.

Well he is because he was sent back thousands of years and so he died in the past. Unless sometime in the future someone goes back to bring him to the present so he wouldn't have died.

Anyway, he's not meant to be better than Batman, just Dick Grayson trying to hold things together as Batman, which I'm enjoying. Because it's all going to end like New Krypton.

Also I grew up with Kyle. The first comic I read about Hal was one of him rampaging across space cutting people's arms off.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Jake said...

ALSO! Having just read the solicits, there's a new Human Target comic AND TV series coming out? Why haven't I heard of this?


At 3:20 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

I really don't have a clue as to how Everyman could actually come back from being autopsied by Batman in a VERY THOROUGH MANNER!

I feel a little sorry for Dick. He's doing his best, but it really isn't quite the same. I think that Batman is a bit of a jerk, but I'd still rather have him around.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger Saranga said...

@Jake (and maybe Sally?): Hal cutting people's arms off? Which GL comic was that?

@SallyP: Yep that'll be a problem in GA/BC, and I'm not convinced we'll be given a good explanation :/

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Jake said...

When he was rampaging towards Oa during Emerald Twilight. I suppose it was only a hand, not an arm, but it still was quite traumatic for me given that I was of a young and easily scarred age.

At 3:54 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Oh yeah, he cut off Boodikka's hand, complete with her ring, when he went all Parallax on everybody. Took out Guy's eye too! And killed Kilowog.

Man, Hal was a real tool!

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Diamondrock said...

Yeah, Hal did some crazy stuff. Too bad it was all retconned. :-P

Has anyone noticed how some people complain about the way Geoff Johns sometimes plays fast and loose with continuity, and that those same people are often the ones who were so happy with the retroactive "Yellow Space Bug" thing?

Oh, and on Human Target... Apparently they're removing the coolest thing about Human Target for the TV show. How's that for luck?

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Jake said...

Well, I'm still probably going to watch it for a bit.

The Parallax retcon seems to have taken well because it's explaining away something everyone hated. Most of the time things are retconned, it's to the theme of "And of course we all knew about this, but have never bothered mentioning it until now." Like Barry's mother being murdered, his father being convicted and Thawne being responsible. When I read Rebirth #5, after he confessed to killing Barry's mother I thought, and continue to think "DUN DUN DUUUUUNNNNNN!"

Seems a bit forced.


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