- Posted by Johanna on September 6, 2010 at 7:41 am
- Category: Shopping Guide
I cannot believe that DC is willing to use the Batman: The Dark Knight title for an ongoing comic (SEP10 0159, $3.99). More, it’s artist David Finch’s first major work as a writer (he’d previously co-written a handful of Aphrodite IX and Witchblade stories, apparently; he also draws this). If I were him, I sure wouldn’t want that legacy weighing down my shoulders. Especially for something that sounds so dire and miserable. The comic is described as “explor[ing] the horrific murder of one of Bruce Wayne’s childhood friends” with extra helpings of “brutal crime” and “supernatural and esoteric areas of Gotham City”. So, should fit right in with the rest of the depressing DCU these days.
Meanwhile, just when you think they can’t bring back any more obscure-and-should-stay-that-way characters, Batman #704 (SEP10 0164, $2.99) features as a guest star I-Ching. (Darn. It seems that the facts are getting in the way of my joke. Wonder Woman’s former Asian stereotype mentor I-Ching previously returned two years ago, in a story in Detective Comics #838, Robin #169, and Nightwing #139 involving Ra’s al Ghul, which actually kind of makes sense.)
I also note that DC is now using the tagline “The World’s Greatest Super Heroes” on its Previews pages. Does that attract or impress anyone? I suppose it’s true enough, given Superman, Wonder Woman, and all, but I’m not sure it serves much of a purpose. Meanwhile, Wildstorm gets “This is WildStorm”. Well, yes, and? Is that supposed to be a substitute for having some kind of brand identity, which WildStorm is sorely lacking?
So there’s a Jimmy Olsen backup in Action Comics #895 (SEP10 0184, $3.99) in which Jimmy has to “convince a bunch of bloodthirsty aliens” not to hold “the universe’s biggest (and most destructive) party” on Earth. If this was used as an opening for the return of Superboy and the Ravers, I would just die. I kind of liked that series.
There are an awful lot of variant covers offered this month. It seems like more comics than not have 1 in 10 variants available. Do they still work to goose sales, when they’re that common and relied upon so frequently?
Let’s see, what DC comics do I want to read? I’m still giving the Batgirl series a try — in issue #15 (SEP10 0174, $2.99), she’s starting more classes at university. I hope that means we see more of Proxy, aka Wendy. Hopefully, putting new artist Dustin Nguyen on the title means the company wants to keep it around.
Along similar lines, I’m pleased to see Batgirl: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (SEP10 0247, $19.99, due December 15) offered. About time they treat her as a major character. I’m not sure of the significance of the stories selected — Detective Comics #359, #396, #400, #422-424, Batman Family #1, #9, Legends of the DC Universe #10, #11, and Batman Chronicles #9 — but I’ll enjoy seeing the focus on one of the best-known super-females.
I’ll also be getting Tiny Titans #34 (SEP10 0273, $2.99), which is always full of fun.