28 August 2011

DC Comics: The New 52 - The Dark Spotlight

This assortment of comics gets away from traditional superheroes and more into the realm of the supernatural.  This selection reminds me of old school Vertigo.  This assortment doesn't really speak to me, though I'm kind of interested in Justice League Dark.  It could be fun.

$2.99 - 28 September 2011
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Mikel Janin
Cover by Ryan Sook
The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing forces that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. And if those heroes can’t handle the job, who will stand against the mystical madness?
Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat?
Deadman's makin' the rounds early on in this new DC.  The first five-issue arc in DC Universe Presents features him, and he's also romantically involved with Dove (of Hawk and Dove), plus he's a charter member of Justice League Dark.  So you Deadman fans need to show some love.

Swamp Thing
$2.99 - 7 September 2011
Written by Scott Snyder
Art and Cover by Yanick Paquette
One of the world’s most iconic characters has returned to the heart of the DC Universe, and every step he takes will shake the foundations of the Earth!
Alec Holland has his life back…but the Green has plans for it. A monstrous evil is rising in the desert, and it’ll take a monster of another kind to defend life as we know it!
I've never gotten into Swamp Thing, but I know he's got his fans.  I suspect they'll be happy.

Animal Man
$2.99 - 7 September 2011
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Travel Foreman and Dan Green
Cover by Travel Foreman
Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist).
I suspect readers from my generation will respond to the nature of this series, now that many of them have their own kids.  Otherwise, I know nothing about Animal Man other than I wish he was Animal Cracker Man.

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
$2.99 - 14 September 2011
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Alberto Ponticelli
Cover by J.G. Jones
It’s Frankenstein as you’ve never seen him before, in a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Alberto Ponticelli (UNKNOWN SOLDIER)!
Frankenstein is part of a network of strange beings who work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive! But can he protect the world from threats even more horrifying than himself? And since he’s vilified for who and what he is, will he even want to take on this mission?
 Note: DC Comics is not currently offering subscriptions to Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.

I'm interested in the Frankenstein mythology but this one doesn't call out to me.  I can say, though, that I've encountered a guy online who is adamant that this book, written by Jeff Lemire, will be one of the most awesome comics in the entire DC stable.  So there's that.

I, Vampire
$2.99 - 28 September 2011
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Cover by Jenny Frison
For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now the truce has reached a bloody end and Andrew must do everything in his power to stop Mary and her dark forces from going on a killing spree – and she plans to start with the heroes of the DCU!
Note: DC Comics is not currently offering subscriptions to I, Vampire.

I suspect I'm not alone in reacting to this series by yawning at what appears to be a cash grab at the Twilight audience.

Resurrection Man
$2.99 - 14 September 2011
Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Art by Fernando Dagnino
Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
It’s the return of Mitch Shelly – and he’s still dead. Resurrection Man can’t stay dead for long, though – and with each rebirth comes new and unexpected powers. But his many returns have not gone unnoticed, and forces are gathering to learn what’s so special about him – and to see which of them will finally stop Resurrection Man dead.
Note: DC Comics is not currently offering subscriptions to Resurrection Man.

Resurrection Man is kind of an interesting guy in that each time he comes back, he's got new powers.  It's kind of like Quantum Leap, where each time Sam Beckett leaped through time, he became somebody else.  I've never read anything with the guy, but it could be an interesting book.

Demon Knights
$2.99 - 14 September 2011
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert
Cover by Tony S. Daniels
In the dark ages of the DC Universe, a barbarian horde is massing to crush civilization. It’s fallen to Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood, the man with a monster inside him, to stand in their way – though the demon Etrigan has no interest in protecting anyone or anything other than himself! It’ll take more than their own power to stop an army fueled by bloodlust and dark sorcery, and some very surprising heroes – and villains – will have no choice but to join the fray!
Note: DC Comics is not currently offering subscriptions to Demon Knights.

Not a fan of the setting or concept, really, but I admit it's fun to watch Etrigan interact with Batman on occasion.

It's interesting that DC Comics is not offering subscriptions to four of these seven titles, which suggests that they're on a very short leash and that DC is prepared to kill them quickly if sales aren't up to snuff.  So if any of these interest you, know that they depend on your support to ensure continuation.

Other DC Comics: The New 52 spotlights
Green Lantern
Justice League
Superheroes (Captain Atom, Mister Terrific, Hawkman, Firestorm)
Young Justice
The Edge

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