Anthony’s DC Comics picks for January 2015

We’ve finally reached the oh-so-futuristic year 2015 with comic solicitations. Here’s a look at what’s of interest coming out from DC in January; full solicitations are available here.

Comics

  • The Multiversity Guidebook #1, on sale Jan. 21, $8
  • Batman ’66 #19, on sale Jan. 28, $3 (digital first)
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #6, on sale Jan. 21, $4 (digital first)
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #8,  on sale Jan. 7, $3
  • Astro City #19, on sale Jan. 14, $4

Trade paperbacks

  • Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet (HC), on sale Mar. 18, $23
  • Shazam! A Celebration of 75 Years (HC), on sale Mar. 4, $40
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up, on sale Feb. 25, $13

Comments

This month features anniversary covers for the Flash’s 75th anniversary in 2015, with Barry running through various characters’ classic comic covers. The Flash’s variant cover is a take-off on the classic “Flash of Two Worlds” cover…though I’m left wondering how New 52-Barry is lifting that heavy steel beam single-handed. I thought the idea was to whisk the poor guy underneath it away at super-speed?

“Superman” #38 features for some reason a take-off on two classic Silver Age covers: 1961’s “Lois Lane” #27 (Lois accidentally tampers with a professor’s machine and gives herself super-intelligence, but a freakishly-large head) and 1968’s “The Flash” #177 (the Trickster somehow swells Barry’s head).

“The Multiversity Guidebook” features the head of the Zoo Crew’s Alley-Kat-Abra on the cover (in the multiple-heroes inset). Glad she’s considered a hero again, versus what the late 2000s “Teen Titans”/”Final Ark” stories did to her.

In the digital first side of things, “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” sees the gang travel into the future (or an alternate future) to meet the Jetsons, on the heels of the gang meeting the Flintstones previously. Wonder if they ran low on DC superheroes to meet, or just a way of renewing the trademarks on Hanna-Barbera characters, per Time Warner’s Batman-esque heavy usage of Scooby while ignoring the rest of the classic H-B characters. Though that’s probably related to the Hanna-Barbera characters largely not being children, per current animated kids’ show trends.

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