Once again, here’s what’s of interest to me from DC for November 2011:
Comics I’ll be buying
- Justice League #3, on sale Nov. 16, $4
- Mister Terrific #3, on sale Nov. 9, $3
- Action Comics #3, on sale Nov. 2, $4
- Superman #3, on sale Nov. 23, $3
- Static Shock #3, on sale Nov. 2, $3
- Green Lantern: The Animated Series #0, on sale Nov. 30, $3
- The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #13, on sale Nov. 9, $3
- Tiny Titans #46, on sale Nov. 30, $3
Comics I might buy
- Elseworlds 80-Page Giant, on sale Nov. 30, $8
Thanks to this reboot, this is probably the most I’ll have bought from DC in a long time. However, I hope by this point I’ll still be interested in the rebooted-books listed above, or that they won’t already be in danger of being given the axe (I’m looking at you, DC, re: “Mister Terrific”/”Static Shock”).
As I suspected, most of the solicitations still look caught up in the current ultra-violence style of DC (see: the Aquaman cover; “not for the squeamish” indeed), which might explain why none of the mainstream books are rated anything lower than “T” (even the supposedly-“darker” Justice League book, “Justice League Dark,” has the same “T” rating as the regular Justice League title!). Wondering how many of the “new readers” will still be on board by this point, or if they’ll have bailed after realizing that $3-$4 for a 15-minute read could’ve gone toward the cost of an iOS/Android app or half of the cost of a month of Netflix streaming. Still, at least there’s no ludicrous 52-part crossovers listed (for *now*…).
To break down/delve into some of my choices above…
- Superman: Wonder if the incident shown on that cover on “Action” will be what makes Supes stop wearing his old Superbaby clothes and get a *real* costume (or whatever that “Kryptonian body-armor” reboot-version’s supposed to be).
- Justice League: Nice to see Wonder Woman prominently featured with the other heroes, fighting, uh, what looks like some reject from a “Witchblade” cover…
- Mister Terrific: Wonder what the “secret from his past” will be…
- Static Shock: Nothing to say about this one.
- Brave and the Bold: The blog DC Women Kicking Ass will surely be excited about this issue, as all of comicdom’s Robins (including the female ones) are included in this time-and-dimension-spanning tale.
- Tiny Titans: I’m sure it’s a reference to some recent DCU storyline, but I don’t know which one. No matter; it’ll surely be fun…
- Green Lantern: The Animated Series: they’re starting with a *zero* issue? Don’t think the target audience for Johnny DC titles care much about zero-numbered issues. That said, I’ll be buying this anyway (and giving the new animated series a chance, despite being CGI).
In other observations,
no Showcase volume or reprints of note/interest this month. (EDIT: That Newsarama link stuck some ad/Facebook box in the middle of the solicitations, which I didn’t scroll down past and see the remainder of the books…meh.) this month’s Showcase volume is volume 4 of “Wonder Woman,” covering her stories from the mid-to-late 60s. There’s also a series of “DC Comics Presents” reprints of individual shorter stories, including the now-famous “Elseworlds 80 Page Giant” that was originally almost all pulped years ago (after a DC editor thought Superbaby stuck in a microwave was a “bad example,” despite that he’s, well, a *super-baby*) but got released in England.
The description for “Detective” made me roll my eyes (a serial killer making his victims into *dolls*? Sounds completely different in tone/style from the pre-rebooted Bat-books to me…). And finally, no “Looney Tunes” comic? Did DC finally cancel this long-running title, despite “The Looney Tunes Show” still being heavily promoted (and a ratings success for Cartoon Network)?