DC Comics Solicitations for August 2007

Monday, May 21, 2007

I was going to post a breakdown of the issues in the newly announced Green Arrow/Black Canary: For Better or Worse trade paperback --
GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY: FOR BETTER OR WORSE TP
Written by Dennis O’Neil, Alan Moore, Brad Meltzer and others
Art by Dick Giordano, Klaus Janson, Mike Grell and others
Cover by Alex Ross
Collecting stories from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #75, ACTION COMICS #428, #434, THE JOKER #4, GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW #94-95, DETECTIVE COMICS #549-550, GREEN ARROW: LONGBOW HUNTERS# 1, GREEN ARROW (VOL.1) #75, #101, GREEN ARROW(VOL.2)# 4-5, #12, #21 and BIRDS OF PREY #88!
Advance-solicited; on sale September 19 • 200 pg, FC, $14.99 US
-- but most of these are just Green Arrow/Black Canary team ups. I think Justice League of America #75 is when Canary first discovers her Canary-cry and Longbow Hunters is the infamous special where Canary is tortured ... anyone have details on the rest?

Have I mentioned, by the way, that I love, love these new DC "flashback" trades, and moreso, say what you will, but I love New Earth. So much old DC material is now back in continuity without having to retroactively replace characters ... it's really a lot of fun.

The Sword of the Atom trade --
SWORD OF THE ATOM TP
Written by Jan Strnad
Cover by Kane
Art by Gil Kane, Pat Broderick and Dennis Janke
Collected for the first time in a single graphic novel! Sword of the Atom #1-4 and Sword of the Atom Special #1-3 take readers on a fantastic journey into the heart of a Central American jungle, where a race of 6-inch-tall aliens treats The Atom as their protector against titanic beasts and primeval sorcery!
Advance-solicited; on sale September 5 • 232 pg, FC, $19.99 US
-- just looks cooler and cooler to me all the time. Hey, maybe Sword of the Atom and Sword of Atlantis should do a team-up. A little underwater shrinking action. Hey, wait ...

Meanwhile, Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 --
THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 2 HC
Written by Neil Gaiman
Art by Shawn McManus, Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Bryan Talbot, John Watkiss, Matt Wagner, Stan Woch, Colleen Doran, Duncan Eagleson, John Bolton, Malcolm Jones III, George Pratt, Dick Giordano, P. Craig Russell and Vince Locke
Cover by Dave McKean
DC Comics is proud to present the second volume of the comics classic THE SANDMAN in Absolute format! The second of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 2 collects issues 21-39 of THE SANDMAN and features remastered coloring on all 19 issues as well as brand-new inks on THE SANDMAN #34 by the issue’s original penciller, Colleen Doran, and a host of bonus material, including two never-before-reprinted stories by Gaiman (one prose and one illustrated), a complete reproduction of the never-before-reprinted one-shot THE SANDMAN: A GALLERY OF DREAMS, and the complete script and pencils by Gaiman and Kelley Jones for Chapter Two of "Season of Mists" from THE SANDMAN #23.
Advance-solicited; on sale October 31 • 616 pg, FC, $99.00 US
-- is jam packed with goodies, if not a little hard on the wallet.

And Wildstorm solicits a whole bunch of scary trades this month -- Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Brrr!

Meanwhile, someone at DC Direct wrote this advertising copy with a straight face: "POWER GIRL is the newest female addition to DC Direct's line of realistically proportioned, super-heroic 1:6 scale figures [emphasis mine]!" Yeah, and I have a bridge between Keystone and Central City to sell you.

Go watch Heroes! (and Law and Order: Criminal Intent could use your help, too.)
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