Anthony’s picks for DC Comics for May 2012

Action Comics #9Here’s what’s coming out for DC Comics for May 2012, plus the usual picks. Full solicitations may be found here.

Comics I’ll be buying

  • Action Comics #9, on sale May 2, $4
  • Superman Family Adventures #1, on sale May 30, $3
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series #2, on sale May 16, $3

Comics I might buy

None.

Comments

DC certainly didn’t waste time putting the now-axed Mister Terrific and Static Shock series into one “complete series” trade paperback.

“Superman” #9’s solicitation is, well… think the reaction over on DC Women Kicking Ass sums things up much better than I can, though not sure if they got “creepy crowd of spectators capturing this on their smartphones.” Still, looks like I don’t regret dropping this title post-Perez…

The multiverse is being hyped this month, particularly the newly revived Earth-2 in its own title. Which DC mildly annoyingly—for this old-school fan—insists on spelling as “Earth 2”, without the dash.

“Action Comics” features its own take on DC’s multiverse. In this case, it features an alternate Earth’s Superman who’s A) Black and B) President of his world’s United States. (No “natural born citizen” clause in the US Constitution on Earth-Black-Superman, apparently.) Let’s hope this Black Superman fares better than the Superman of Earth-D did in his one and only appearance, in a mediocre “Legends of the DC Universe” issue set during “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” Still, I can hardly wait to see the Obama-haters jump all over this one (or Fox News, since this issue screams like something they’ll mention on-air to throw red meat to their viewing audience). Wonder if this world’s Mitt Romney is bald…

A lot of classic stories are collected in trade paperback this month, including the early issues of Infinity, Inc.’s original 80s run (mind-controlled Earth-2 Superman!), and the classic “sand Superman”/”Kryptonite nevermore” Superman storyline from the early 70s. There’s also this month’s “Showcase Presents,” which presents… “Showcase” itself, in a bit of recursiveness. The early issues of “Showcase” are being collected in this trade paperback.

Over in Johnny DC, “Superman Family Adventures” debuts this month, from the team that brought us “Tiny Titans.”

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