Coming Up: DC Comics Due November 2010

Batman: The Dark Knight #1

Batman: The Dark Knight #1

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?

Batgirl: The Greatest Stories Ever Told cover
Batgirl: The Greatest Stories Ever Told
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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.


9 Responses to “Coming Up: DC Comics Due November 2010”

  1. DC Women Kicking Ass Says:

    I’m very excited about the Batgirl collection. The standouts for me are Detective Comics #359, her “Million Dollar Debut”, and Legends of the DC Universe #10-11. The latter features “Folie a Deux” from 1998 a story by Kelley Puckett about Barbara Gordon and Jim Gordon. It also has lovely art by Terry Dobson.

  2. Argo Plummer Says:

    Johanna,

    I can’t believe it! I have finally found something from the world of comics we can agree upon–I kinda liked Superboy and the Ravers as well!!! Yeah, maybe we can start up a SatR chat, or you could make a new page dedicated to it, and we can use your professional connections to get a killer proposal sent to DC to revive it and…

    Sorry, got kinda caught up there. It wasn’t that great a series (though I did enjoy it at the time), but I was so stoked that I have something I can agree with you upon! : )

    I am also looking forward to the Greatest Batgirl Collection (Barbara as Batgirl is my all time favorite DC Super Heroine) and my 10 year old will be getting Tiny Titans!

  3. Johanna Says:

    Ha! Yeah, it wasn’t that great, but it was fun, and I miss that light-hearted teen team approach.

  4. Kevin Hines Says:

    Add me to the list of folks who liked Ravers. It felt like a fun way to try to recapture the LEGION magic, but for the new Superboy. It was never as good as I wanted, but I read the entire series anyway.

    That’s often the case with Karl Kesel’s work, at worst, it’s something I like, but wish was great (and at best, it’s something I love!)

  5. Grant Says:

    re: Dark Knight

    I am seriously burned out on Batman. Does that art remind anyone else of 90s era Bisley with the tree trunk sized arms and legs or is it just me? I’ll pass on this one.

  6. Hsifeng Says:

    “…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?…”

    Good question. I’m not sure why series like Ex Machina and miniseries like North 40 and Red Herring (all good, BTW :) ) came out under the Wildstorm imprint instead of the Vertigo imprint. Anyone know?

  7. Johanna Says:

    I don’t know the last one you mention, but the other two were superhero comics under the other genre trappings, which probably explains why they were at Wildstorm.

  8. Steve Mattsson Says:

    The problem with “Superboy and the Ravers” was the title—nobody liked it. I wanted to call it “Superboy and 32 Funny Cars”, but my proposal wasn’t given the consideration is deserved.

  9. James Schee Says:

    Steve, I think it was the name too. People misread it as Superboy & the Raiders, and well the Raiders are evil.:)




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