30 August 2011

DC Comics: The New 52 - The Edge Spotlight

Last roundup time!  This final assortment of The New 52 includes titles largely reflects the Wildstorm stable, or at least comics in the same vain.

Note: DC Comics is not currently offering subscriptions to any of these series, suggesting a severe lack of confidence and a willingness to cancel them early.  If you're even remotely interested in anything in this assortment, you'll want to buy early and generate some buzz.

$2.99 - 7 September 2011
Written by Paul Cornell
Art and Cover by Miguel Sepulveda
Directly following the ominous events of SUPERMAN #1, Adam One leads half the Stormwatch team to recover the [INFORMATION REDACTED] from deep in the Himalayas. Meanwhile, Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the Stormwatch crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo! And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds…
Brilliant move, DC.  Stormwatch spins out of Superman, but precedes it to the shelves by three full weeks. Seriously, no one caught that?

$2.99 - 28 September 2011
Written by Ron Marz
Art and Cover by Sami Basri
Priscilla Kitaen has just found out she’s a monster. A half-alien hybrid, the woman known as Voodoo must confront the secrets of her past to make sense of the nightmare her life has suddenly become. VOODOO #1 will be written by Ron Marz with art by Sami Basri.
At first, I was gonna pass on this outright until I learned Ron Marz is writing it.  Then I peeked at the third issue solicitation and see it guest-stars Kyle Rayner.  The book still sounds like a variation of Witchblade to me, but I'm putting on my Maybe-to-Probably list.

$2.99 - 14 September 2011
Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art and Cover by Cafu
The DCU’s most wanted man starts in an all-new series! Ex-black ops agent Cole Cash is a charming grifter that few can resist. And yet he’s about to be branded a serial killer when he begins hunting and exterminating inhuman creatures hidden in human form – creatures only he can see!
Can the biggest sweet talker of all time talk his way out of this one when even his brother thinks he’s gone over the edge?
Because nothing says "dawn of a new era" like evoking the 1990s.

$2.99 - 14 September 2011
Written by Kyle Higgins
Art by Joe Bennett and Art Thibert
Cover by Simon Bisley
“Friends disappoint, family dies, but a legacy… that’s forever.”
A metahuman mercenary who made a living taking out the toughest targets, Deathstroke was once a name that commanded fear and respect from opponents and clients alike. But as Slade Wilson slowly drifted away from the hunting and assassination missions that made him legendary, the name “Deathstroke” has lost some of its meaning.
Now, something happens that opens Slade Wilson’s one remaining eye, forcing him to reclaim his fearsome legacy – by any means necessary!
While other DCU characters are starting all over again, Deathstroke is coming out of retirement.  I'm not terribly interested, but you know what would change that?  If I found out this series was in the same vain as the movie The Matador with Pierce Brosnan.  I'd read the hell out of this if that was the case.

$2.99 - 14 September 2011
Written by Adam Glass
Art by Marco Rudy
Cover by Howard Chaykin
They’re a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous – they’re sheer suicide!
Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! Defeated and imprisoned, they’re being interrogated about their mission – and about who’s pulling the strings behind this illegal operation. Who will be the first to crack under the pressure?
I'd pass on this entirely, except I like Harley Quinn enough that I kind of like the idea of seeing her in this kind of situation.  I'm torn between this and Justice League Dark as my complete risk-taking indulgence selection.

$2.99 - 7 September 2011
Written by Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen
Art and Cover by Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish
The all-seeing Brother Eye satellite has unleashed a new beast upon the DC Universe in this smashing new series!
Kevin Kho has become an unwilling participant in a war between Checkmate and Brother Eye as he is transformed into the One Machine Army Corp known only as O.M.A.C.!
What the what?  I don't even pretend to know what the hell this is about.  The interesting thing is that Dan DiDio is actually working on a book personally.  Keith Giffen's sense of humor is always welcome in an industry that sometimes takes itself too seriously.  I won't be reading this, but I'm sure those who care about it will like it.

$2.99 - 28 September 2011
Written by Mike Costa
Art and Cover by Ken Lashley
Welcome to a world waging a new kind of war that’s faster and more brutal than ever before. It’s fought by those who would make the innocent their targets, using computers, smart weapons and laser-guided missiles. The new enemy hard to find – and closer to home than we think.
Between us and them stand the Blackhawks, an elite force of military specialists equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles. Their mission: Kill the bad guys before they kill us.
Apparently, DC is hoping to have a hit with the George W. Bush crowd.  And by that, I mean George W. Bush.

Men of War
$3.99 - 7 September 2011
Written by Ivan Brandon
Art by Tom Derenick
Cover by Viktor Kalvachev
On the ground and on the front lines, a young, headstrong soldier known as Joe Rock assumes the command of Easy Company – a grizzled team of ex-military men turned contractors. Will they survive the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DCU’s Super-Villains? Find out in this explosive new series from Ivan Brandon (Viking) and Tom Derenick (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!
Oh, so it's Sgt. Rock!  Why didn't you say so?  You know...this one actually sounds kind of good.

All-Star Western
$3.99 - 28 September 2011
Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art and Cover by Moritat
Even when Gotham City was just a one-horse town, crime was rampant – and things only get worse when bounty hunter Jonah Hex comes to town. Can Amadeus Arkham, a pioneer in criminal psychology, enlist Hex’s special brand of justice to help the Gotham Police Department track down a vicious serial killer? Found out in this new series from HEX writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, with lush artwork by Moritat (THE SPIRIT)!
This is honestly the title that has me most excited.  Its setting means it's unlikely to be co-opted into any of the sprawling crossovers I've come to dislike, and in recent years I've really gotten into the Western milieu.  I wish it wasn't a $3.99 book, though.

This final assortment is pretty polarizing for me.  The books that don't interest me really don't interest me.  Yet, the ones that do are high on my I'd Like to Check That Out list: All-Star Western is my #1 pick of the entire New 52; Suicide Squad, Voodoo and Men of War all sound good enough I might bite.

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

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