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DC Comics Previews for June 2007 (w/ Commentary)

DC has released solicitations for comics for June 2007 and other products coming out in the foreseeable future. Let's review, shall we?


Written by Paul Dini
Art by Don Kramer & Wayne Faucher
Cover by Simone Bianchi
Zatanna guest-stars in Part 1 of a 2-part tale of magic, murder and madness by Paul Dini! When her former assistant is killed in a dangerous trick gone wrong, the Maid of Magic turns to Batman to uncover the real circumstances behind the young woman's death, leading them to a confrontation with the mysterious illusionist Ivar Loxias - and an ultimately terrifying revelation.
On sale June 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Dini has shown no small amount of affection for Zatanna in his work from Batman: The Animated Series, and has probably led to a few writing projects and his marriage to a magician with a very certain Zatanna appeal. If you aren't reading Dini's Detective Comics already, I can't help you.

Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by J.H. Williams III
The Batmen of All Nations reunite for a weekend of fine food and nostalgia, but an unexpected visitor has other plans for the gathering. Batman, Robin, and the rest of the Club of Heroes find themselves trapped and at the mercy of a dangerous madman on the Island of Mister Mayhew!
On sale June 27 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Well, this should be some serious old-school Batman action. There are possibly three writers I would trust with updating an idea like the Batmen of All Nations. Luckily, Morrison is on the top of that list.

Written by Andy Diggle
Art and cover by Whilce Portacio & Richard Friend
The final chapter of the inaugural arc, "Rules of Engagement," pits the newly augmented Batman against Lex Luthor's burgeoning LexCorp in a battle drawing the boundary lines for Gotham City.
On sale June 13 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Why is Batman v. Army of Robots so cool? Because he's going to win.

Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez
Cover by Adam Hughes
Violence and the chaos hit home for Catwoman! Reverberations of this issue will be felt all through the DCU, starting in Countdown!
On sale June 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Andy Kubert, John Van Fleet and Jesse Delperdang
Cover by Kubert & Delperdang
"Clever and colorful . . . Batman fans should be more than happy." - Variety
Comic-book legends Grant Morrison (ALL STAR SUPERMAN, SEVEN SOLDIERS) and Andy Kubert (Ultimate X-Men, 1602) join forces to bring you an unforgettable tale of the Dark Knight in this hardcover edition collecting BATMAN #655-658 and 663-666!
Batman receives the greatest shock of his life when he discovers that he may have a son. And sparks fly when the new addition to the Bat-family is introduced to Robin, the Boy Wonder. Which one will be chosen to carry on the legacy as Gotham's protector?
Advance-solicited; on sale August 8 o 200 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Provided I can get a discount somewhere, why is it the same price to wait for hard covers than to buy the actual floppies? Oh, well. The run has been fun for me, but do I need another copy?

Written by Marv Wolfman
Art by Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne Cover by Ryan Sook
A new story arc exploring the lost year of Dick Grayson's life, after he dropped out of college and before the New Teen Titans formed! It's the year that changed his life, during which he made a fateful decision. Now a friend, a foe, and a love from the past have returned from the darkness to haunt him!
On sale June 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I confess that I'm not reading Nightwing. Perhaps when Wolfman's work is collected.

ROBIN #163
Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Freddie E. Williams II
Cover by Patrick Gleason & Wayne Faucher
It's Tim Drake's first Father's Day as Bruce Wayne's adopted son, and he wants everything to be just right. Unfortunately, the justice-crazed supervillains known as The Jury pick that very day to go on a murder spree in Gotham City!
On sale June 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
It's solicitations like this that should make readers wonder why anyone in their right mind would ever live in Gotham. What ever happened to a simple string of robberies? We'll have to see what our little overachiever does to please Dad.

Written by Paul Dini and Judd Winick
Art by Bruce Timm, Joe Chiodo and others
Cover by Timm
Paul Dini and Bruce Timm -two of the masterminds behind Batman: The Animated Series - join forces in this volume collecting the miniseries BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY! Also included is the special: HARLEY AND IVY: LOVE ON THE LAM by Judd Winick and Joe Chiodo, plus a newly-colored story rom BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE VOL. 2!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 18 o 136 pg, FC, $14.99 US
The possibly bi-curious pair in a pair of stories timed to coincide with... Well, Dini writes one of these tales, which you may already have in your long box.

Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by Dave McKean
Reoffered to coincide with Grant Morrison's BATMAN AND SON HC, don't miss this stellar volume that helped launch his U.S. career. This special edition includes Morrison's complete original script annotated by himself and editor Karen Berger, many original thumbnail breakdowns, step-by-step samples of how the story and art came together and much more!
On sale June 6 o 212 pg, FC, $17.99 US o MATURE READERS o RELIST
Hey, Comic Fans! Find out whether you lean toward concrete or the abstract! One of Morrison's earliest hits, and one of the greatest Post-Crisis Batman tales.

Written by Geoff Johns & Richard Donner
Art and cover by Adam Kubert
Part 4 of the landmark "Last Son" story, by Geoff Johns, Richard Donner and Adam Kubert! Superman travels to a place so alien and strange, it could only be presented in a special 3-D section, featuring 3-D effects by Ray Zone! That's right, the action in ACTION takes on a whole new meaning as this benchmark story takes a sharp turn into the third dimension! Plus, meet the all-new Superman Revenge Squad!
Retailers: This issue will be available in 2 versions that may be ordered separately. The 3-D Edition is priced at $3.99 and the Standard (non-3-D) Edition is priced at $2.99. They will feature the same cover image. The 3-D Edition will feature portions of the content and the cover in 3-D; 3-D glasses will be included. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.
On sale June 27 o 32 pg, FC, $3.99 (3-D edition), $2.99 (Standard Edition)
I'd like to complain about DC putting out two versions of the same comic, but I won't. I'm buying both, mostly because I know that if I only had a 3D version, I'd be irritated that I couldn't read this in a standard format. And, despite the delays, I'm enjoying the heck out of this story-arc.

Written by Kurt Busiek
Art and cover by Carlos Pacheco & Jesus Merino
Who is Squad K? In the wake of Superman's confrontation with Arion of Atlantis, his place in Metropolis is changed, maybe forever. Now he's got to take on an elite force dedicated to taking him down by any means possible - with the fate of the entire planet in the balance! "Camelot Falls" roars toward its epic conclusion! Guest-starring the JLA, the JSA and more.
On sale June 13 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Okay. Twist my arm. It sounds like the hinted at Luthor Revenge Squad. Glad to see the Superman books on track, and I'm a bit intrigued by the scope of the story if they're pulling in the JLA and JSA.

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Frank Quitely & Jamie Grant
Cover by Quitely
The Daily Planet regulars hole up as the terrifying Bizarro plague spreads across Metropolis! Superman's trapped in the reverse madness of a dying Bizarro World! It's ALL STAR thrills from every angle, delivered by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Jamie Grant!
On sale June 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99
You no should buy this comic. It sure to be very bad. All Star Superman am one of worst Superman comics that never went to print. Grant Morrison write horrible Superman.

Written by Mark Verheiden & Marc Guggenheim
Art and cover by Pat Lee & Craig Yeung
The final chapter of the Metal Men's return! Will Superman and Batman be able to stop Brainiac with Magnus' robots on his side? And what does Bruce have hidden away that's so vital?
On sale June 13 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Any enthusiasm I have for the return of the Metal Men to a place of prominence within the DCU is tempered by Pat Lee on art. I'm sorry, it's true.

Written by Alan Burnett
Art and cover by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolf
Variant cover by Claudio Castellini
Get ready for an epic tale written by Alan Burnett (Batman Beyond, The Superman/Batman Adventures animated series) with art by Dustin Nguyen (BATMAN) & Derek Fridolf! This haunting 6-part story arc will challenge Batman's and Superman's very souls, and could only be titled "Torment."
Retailers: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. The Standard Edition cover is by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolf; one copy of the Variant Edition, with a cover by Claudio Castellini, may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.
On sale June 27 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Is this a solicitation or a threat? Geez. Aside from Burnett's name, nothing about this makes me want to pick up this comic.

Written by Joe Kelly
Art by Alé Garza & Marlo Alquiza
Cover by Garza & Richard Friend
It's Supergirl vs. Supergirl in an issue guest-starring the Man of Steel! Meanwhile, phantoms from the Zone have taken over the planet. Will the real Kara triumph over the threat?
On sale June 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I'm willing to bet money that they try to play with the reader's minds by making the "good" Kara the annoying one in order to try to convince us we've liked Supergirl all along. Please, DC. Don't put hope on the cover of your comic unless you plan to deliver. Remember Waid's "Many Happy Returns"? I can only take so many broken promises.

Written by various
Art by various
Cover by Brian Bolland
Cub reporter Jimny Olsen stars in this light-hearted volume collecting his most memorable adventures from the late 1950s and 1960s, guest-starring Superman! Jimmy undergoes startling transformations into Elastic Lad, The Wolf-Man of Metropolis, The Human Porcupine and more in these stories from SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 5 o 192 pg, FC, $14.99 US
Man, just reach into my pocket and take my money. You hear a lot about the transofrmations of Jimmy Olsen, but that stuff just doesn't get reprinted as much as I'd like. (Where's my Showcase Presents: Superman Family #2?). TURTLE BOY! TURRRRTLLEE BBOOOOOOOYYYYYYYY!!!!!

Written by Jerry Siegel, John Byrne and others
Art by Joe Shuster, Curt Swan, Byrne and others
Cover by Swan and various
Don't miss this 48-page Special originally included in the SUPERMAN THROUGH THE AGES ACTION FIGURE BOX SET! Included here are classic Superman stories from ever era, from ACTION COMICS #1, THE AMAZING WORLD OF SUPERMAN, and SUPERMAN #7 (1987), plus pin-ups and more!
On sale June 6 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Intended for sale to Superman-dorks like me. Thanks, DC!

Story by Paul Dini
47 written by Sean McKeever; art by Al Barrionuevo
46 written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray; art by Jesus Saiz
45 written by Tony Bedard; art by Jim Calafiore
44 written by Adam Beechen; art by Carlos Magno
Breakdowns by Keith Giffen
Covers by Ed Benes
This year-long weekly series featuring a cast of hundreds kicks into high gear in its second month, under the watchful eye of head writer Paul Dini! See Mary Marvel undergo a surprising transformation! Learn why Donna Troy and Jason Todd are integral players in a cosmic chess game! And see Jimmy Olsen as you've never seen him before!

The COUNTDOWN is on…so begins the end!
COUNTDOWN 47 on sale June 6
COUNTDOWN 46 on sale June 13
COUNTDOWN 45 on sale June 20
COUNTDOWN 44 on sale June 27
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
So Mary Marvel borrows one of Supergirl's skirts and shrinks her shirt in the wash... A surprising transformation indeed. Sigh. Let's hope Dini does more with this than make the class virgin into a smoker.

52 VOL. 2 TP
Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison,
Greg Rucka and Mark Waid
Breakdowns by Keith GiffenArt by various
Cover by J.G. Jones
Continue to explore the DCU's lost year in the second volume of a 4-book collection featuring death, danger, romance, terror and the never-ending search for heroism! This 304-page volume - sporting a new cover by J.G. Jones - contains the lead stories from 52 WEEKS 14-26, plus commentary on each issue by creators and editors, conceptual drawings, sketch material, thumbnails and more!
52: A year without Superman; a year without Batman; a year without Wonder Woman…but not a year without heroes.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 25 o 304 pg, FC, $19.99 US
A show of hands... with 100,000 units per week moving of this series, who is buying this collection? Then again, pulling all 52 issues out to re-read the series is a bit daunting.

Written by Gail Simone
Art by Mike Norton & Dan Green
Cover by Ladrönn
Beginning a sweeping 4-part story arc that will change the history of the Atom! Ryan Choi makes the fateful decision to proactively seek his predecessor and learn where he went at the end of IDENTITY CRISIS!
On sale June 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Excellent! Gail should make this a fun ride.

Written by Will Pfeifer
Art and cover by Pete Woods
The Amazons' war against America continues!
The JLA protects the nation's heartland, but as panic spreads across the continent, public sentiment turns against the military and the heroes. Frustrated and finding their loyalties torn, Supergirl and Wonder Girl take matters into their own hands, but their solution to the conflict may make things worse!
On sale June 27 o 3 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I'm mostly skeptical how Themyscira was supposed to have a large enough population to invade the US. that technicality aside, I'm looking forward to this series for no other reason than to see the Amazons live up to their potential.

Written by Tad Williams
Art by Shawn McManus
Cover by Paul Rivoche
Can Aquaman's most formidable adversary control Sub Diego? And is Arthur alone enough to stop him?
On sale June 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Which Arthur? The new one? I have a bad feeling about this.

Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott & Doug Hazlewood
Cover by Stephane Roux
A final confrontation pits Spy Smasher's Birds of Prey against Catman's Secret Six in Russia for the soul of one of DC's most beloved heroines! Oh, and Oracle hasn't given up on getting her team back either!
On sale June 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Will Spy Smasher get her comeuppance? Signs point to yes. Sure, this is what Simone's been pointing at since the debut of Spy Smasher. I just wish the character hadn't just been a caricature.

Written by Mark Waid
Art by George Pérez & Bob Wiacek
Cover by Pérez
A couple of easy riders head out on the highway…get ready for the most unlikely team of all: Supergirl and Lobo!
On sale June 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Anyone else getting the scent of a bad '80's buddy cop movie? And anyone else want to bet that Lobo is somehow left dumbfounded in the final panel as Supergirl turns a bad situation on it's head? Ah, heck... that's what this series is for. Count me in.

Written by John Rogers
Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Cover by Cully Hamner
Eclipso returns in a tie-in to COUNTDOWN! What's brought the wrathful entity back from her solar orbit? The first clues are in this issue as the Beetle faces her newest attempt to claim a human host!
On sale June 27 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
The first real hint I've seen of how Countdown will affect DCU titles. Of course, Blue Beetle can probably afford to do a few cross-overs to draw in readers, but with recent dimensional hops, etc... it seems DC has plans for our alien-armored buddy.

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson
Cover by Matthew Clark
Part 5 of "Checkout," continued from OUTSIDERS #48!
They say politics makes for strange bedfellows, and as their mission with the Outsiders reaches the end stage, the Royals are about to discover how many different meanings that has…
Ugh. Is Grace going to sleep with Count Vertigo now? Really looking forward to this cross-over as Rucka might be able to elevate some of the weakness of The Outsiders

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
Hal Jordan has been framed for murder in this new hardcover collecting GREEN LANTERN #14-20! Now Hal is on the run from a legion of intergalactic bounty hunters and the new Global Guardians. Can he clear his name and discover who put a price on his head?
Advance-solicited; on sale August 1 o 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Written by Dave Gibbons
Art by Patrick Gleason & Prentis Rollins
Cover by Gleason & Christian Alamy
All hell breaks loose in the forests of Mogo as Lanterns old and new confront the ghosts of their pasts, and the sentient planet must make a desperate sacrifice to defeat the enemy within.
On sale June 13 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Glad to see this plot point isn't going to take a year to unravel.

Written by Mark Guggenheim
Art by Tony S. Daniel & Art Thibert
Cover by Tony S. Daniel
The Flash must make the choice he was offered at the beginning of "Full Throttle." And you won't want to miss the stunning full version of this cover - but you only can catch it when this issue races into stores!
On sale June 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I'm guessing we're gonna see Barry. But that's just a guess. I'm not really sure DC has a lot of options with Bart right now.

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ethan Van Sciver and Dave Gibbons
Cover by Van Sciver
The stellar creative team of the sell-out GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH miniseries - Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver - reunites for an extra-sized Special, igniting an intergalactic war that will explode in the pages of GREEN LANTERN and GREEN LANTERN CORPS!
Hal Jordan has struggled to regain his reputation. Kyle Rayner has suffered great personal loss and reluctantly gained great power. Guy Gardner's trust in the Guardians is wavering. John Stewart's unbreakable loyalty soon will be tested. Together, these four men are the Green Lanterns of Earth…but why are so many Earthmen recruited into the Corps? What is their ultimate rolel in the future of the universe? And how will the secret of the rings' power threaten the Guardians and affect Hal Jordan's future? Sinestro was called the "greatest" of the Green Lanterns; now the renegade has vowed to bring terror to the universe he once protected. The worst murderers, thieves and deviants in the universe have gathered into Sinestro's Corps for one purpose: to instill great fear. Armed with the truth behind Parallax, Sinestro's intergalactic insurgents strike hard and fast at the very heart of the Green Lantern Corps. The Sinestro Corps is about to change everything you know about the Green Lanterns. Fear them. Everyone else will.
Plus, a 6-page backup story by Johns and Dave Gibbons (GREEN LANTERN CORPS, WATCHMEN) - "The Origin of Sinestro"!
On sale June 27 o 64 pg, FC, $4.99 US Edited by Peter Tomasi
I feel like a total dork, but for some reason this has me really excited. For the moment, an equal and opposite force to the Lanterns seems like a darn fine idea.

Written by Jack Kirby
Art and cover by Kirby and Mike Royer
Continuing the 4-book series collecting the work of Jack Kirby! DC collects four series - THE NEW GODS, THE FOREVER PEOPLE, MISTER MIRACLE and SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN - in chronological order as they originally appeared. These comics spanned galaxies, from the streets of Metropolis to the far-flung worlds of New Genesis and Apokolips, as cosmic-powered heroes and villains struggled for supremacy.
In this second volume, collecting NEW GODS #4-6 ,FOREVER PEOPLE #4-6, JIMMY OLSEN #141-145 and MISTER MIRACLE #4-6 , the evil Darkseid's schemes continue to unfold while the New Gods, Forever People, Mr. Miracle and other heroes battle his many minions!
Advance-solicited; on sale August 22 o 396 pg, FC, $49.99 US
If I was excited about the Sinestro Corps, this collection has me bouncing off the walls. The treatment the New Gods work always deserved as one of the most innovative concepts in superhero comics. All hail King Kirby!

Written by Jack Kirby and Dave Wood
Art by Kirby, Bruno Premiani, Marvin Stein, and others
Cover by Kirby
Reoffered to coincide with JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL. 2! This volume reprints the original 1950s tales of four death defying adventurers and their impossible and unimaginable exploits.
On sale June 6 o 157 pg, FC, $39.99 US o Relist
...and more Kirby... This might be a good read for fans of the Fantastic Four.

Written by Jack Kirby
Art by Kirby and Mike Royer
Cover by Kirby
Reoffered to coincide with JACK KIRBY'S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS VOL. 2! In these tales from KAMANDI #1-10 (1972-1973), Kamandi -one of the few survivors of the Great Disaster - must make his way in a world populated by bizarre mutated animals and other strange wonders!
On sale June 6 o 244 pg, FC, $49.99 US o Relist
Why, DC? Why must you take my money? I can't afford this if I get my other selections for June, but I want it. Oh, DC... why must you make me poor?

Written by Brad Meltzer
Art by Ed Benes & Sandra Hope
Cover by Michael Turner
Variant cover by Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning
Best-selling author Brad Meltzer and superstar artist Ed Benes bring you the final chapter of "The Lightning Saga," as the villains are revealed!
Retailers: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. The Standard Edition cover is by Michael Turner; one copy of the Variant Edition, with a cover by Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning, may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.
On sale June 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Oh, look. Powergirl and Black Canary are boob-tacular. Thank you for your insight, Mr. Turner. Is this comic about anything, or should I skip this and just go get a copy of "Juggs"? I'm excited about the story that's coming, but I think if I never see another Michael Turner or Greg Horn cover again in my life, I'll be okay.

Written by Jim Krueger & Alex Ross
Art by Doug Braithwaite & Ross
Cover by Ross
A few twists and turns remain in this amazing tale of the alliance of the world's most fearsome villains! And against the wild landscape of hundreds of heroes and their foes, smaller, more intimate human dramas are played out. Don't miss the remarkable conclusion to the remarkable 12-issue maxiseries by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Doug Braithwaite!
Retailers: This issue will feature 2 covers by Alex Ross that may be ordered separately. Cover A (featuring heroes) and Cover B (featuring villains) may be ordered individually in any quantity. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.
On sale June 13 o 12 of 12 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Cool. This series has been spectacular. Sorry to see it end, but it was never supposed to last forever.

Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens
The moment we thought we'd never see is here: Green Arrow finally asks the Black Canary for her hand in marriage in this special extra-sized final issue! After the tumultuous, on-and-off relationship they've shared throughout the years, what answer will Dinah give Ollie?
On sale June 13 o 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US o Final Issue
The Winick era comes to an end. I think. Look for a GA and Black Canary series later this year.

Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Carlos D'Anda
Cover by Howard Porter
Part 3 of the 5-part "Kid Amazo." It's time to start picking sides…but will Amazo sit still for his only "son" choosing the hero's path? Not likely!
On sale June 13 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
After the last (lackluster) JLA Classified arc, this one has me all giddy. Looking forward to this long delayed story.

Written by Frank Tieri
Art and cover by Matt Haley & Jerome Moore
The 2-part story concludes as Wildcat's investigation into an underground superhuman gambling ring results in a surprising discovery about himself!
On sale June 27 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Will Wildcat find that as an 80 year old he's prone to sitting at slot machines for hours on end, blowing his social security? I'm on the edge of my seat! Sometimes I think they need to just forget copy for the solicitations.

Written by Walter Simonson
Art by Renato Arlem
Cover by Howard Chaykin
After centuries at the mercy of his curse, Hawkgirl tracks down Hath-Set and faces the fate of the Hawks head-on!
On sale June 13 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Does anybody care anymore?

Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art and cover by Phil Noto
Jonah Hex gets reunited with an old "friend," and when they set off to take care of some unfinished business, the West gets real hot, real fast!
On sale June 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Judd Winick & Greg Rucka
Art and cover by Matthew Clark & Wayne Faucher
Part 4 of "Checkout," crossing over with CHECKMATE! Pinned down on Oolong Island and losing men, the joint Checkmate/Outsiders force must find a way to hide in plain sight!
On sale June 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Judd Winick
Art by Carlo Barberi and others
Cover by Matthew Clark
A new volume collecting OUTSIDERS #42-46 and ANNUAL #1! The Outsiders are back on the trail of Dr. Sivana after a year of hiding out. Can they thwart his schemes of a worldwide tech assault? Plus, discover the events that led to the team's "death"!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 5 o 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Written by Jeff Smith
Art and cover by Smith
The final installment of the acclaimed miniseries by Jeff Smith throws the Marvel family against the Monster Society of Evil itself! Their only hope of surviving and saving the world as we know it is that they're too young to realize what they're really up against!
On sale June 6 o Prestige Format o 4 of 4 o 48 pg, FC, $5.99 US
One can only assume this will be collected before Christmas. I still wonder if DC plans to reconcile this adorable moppet Mary Marvel with tricked-out fun girl Mary Marvel in Countdown. This one is sort of fun. I'll miss the whole cast when they're gone. More Jeff Smith, I say.

Written by A.J. Lieberman
Art and cover by Al Barrionuevo & Bit
Collecting the 8-issue miniseries shedding new light on the popular JLA member! When J'onn J'onzz learns he may not be the last of his race after all, it sends him on a mission to seek the real facts about his past and his long-lost race. Martian Manhunter will stop at nothing to discover the truth about himself and the world he lives in!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 25 o 208 pg, FC, $19.99 US
Oh. Good.

Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Howard Porter
The trials continue as Freddy finds Atlas, his next godly benefactor. But the Council of Merlin has other plans for the two!
On sale June 20 o 8 of 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by John Broome and others
Art by Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane and others
Cover by Infantino & Murphy Anderson
In these fast-paced, fun stories collected from the pages of BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and more, Batgirl learns from the Dynamic Duo what it takes to battle evil in the streets of Gotham City while taking on a string of unforgettable foes!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 11 o 552 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Jack Miller and others
Art by Joe Certa and others
Cover by Certa
Collecting stories from the late 1950s starring this charter member of the Justice League of America! Adopting the Earthly identity of Police Detective John Jones, the super-hero known as the Martian Manhunter uses his incredible strength, shape-shifting abilities and other powers to combat crime!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 25 o 544 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Tom Derenick & Wayne Faucher
Disgusted with his new demonic status and the fact that he's made it look "cool" and desirable to the world at large, Blue Devil tries to quit Shadowpact!
On sale June 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
What is going on with this title? Is that seriously what's going on? I'm certain that the comic is better than the solicit makes it sound.

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Kevin Sharpe
Cover by Barry Kitson
The Dominators storyline comes to a surprising conclusion that will change the lives of the Legionnaires irrevocably!
On sale June 27 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
No Mark Waid? And no cancellation...? Yet.
I do not envy any writer taking on this comic and it's hordes of insane fans.

Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Al Barrionuevo & Bit
Cover by Tony S. Daniel
An AMAZONS ATTACK tie-in issue guest-starring Supergirl! How far will Cassie and Kara go in the impending battle - and how will their choices affect their relationship with the Titans?
On sale June 27 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I was under the impression that Johns was co-writing this title with beechen for a while. Apparently, not so much. Not sure about Countdown, but it's another tie-in. My, how the DCU is becoming one, big, cohesive whole again.

Written by Kyle Baker, Jimmy Palmiotti and Walter Simonson
Art by Kyle Baker, Jordi Bernet, Chris Sprouse & Karl Story
Cover by Darwyn Cooke
A Spirit Summer Special featuring a trio of tales! We start off with a supermodel gone bad, then follow a path of intrigue through an old tenement building, and finish off with an unjustly accused cabbie. Three stories with humor and heart, told in the best tradition of the Spirit.
On sale June 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I wasn't expecting the shift in creative teams, but who can complain? I'm not seeing a higher price for all the names associated with the comic, and that seems like a steal. You should be buying this comic, anyway. So pick this issue up.

Written by Will Eisner
Art and cover by Eisner
Will Eisner's masterwork continues through one of its greatest periods in WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL. 22, collecting the Spirit Sections from January though June 1951 and featuring such classic stories as "Death is my Destiny,"
"The Octopus is Back" and "The Hero!"!
Advance-solicited; on sale August 15 o 188 pg, FC, $49.99 US
Who is this person who could afford all of the first 21 volumes of The Spirit?

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art and cover by Daniel Acuña
Collecting the 8-issue miniseries spinning out of INFINITE CRISIS, with art by the sensational Daniel Acuña! Meet the all-new Phantom Lady, Doll Man, Human Bomb and the Ray - members of the government task force known as SHADE, the country's first line of defense against super-powered threats and terrorists.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 11 o 208 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Written by Michael Fleischer
Art and cover by various
Originally published in 1976, this comprehensive volume includes every piece of information about Wonder Woman, her allies and enemies, weapons in her quest for peace and her adventures across the decades.
Advance-solicited; on sale July 18 o 272 pg, B&W, $19.99 US
I've heard the current DC administration doesn't really like "Who's Who" books for vague and mysterious reasons, but I love 'em. I even love 'em when they're 30 years out of date. Heck, maybe I love 'em even more when they're 30 years out of date. This probably stems from the fact that my first exposure to most of the DCu that wasn't based on the Superfriends came from the Mayfair Games DC Comics Role-Playing Game. I love big books of fake facts and statistics.

Written by Jodi Picoult
Art by Paco Diaz
Cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Jodi Picoult's sensational run reaches its gut-wrenching finale! Amid a war between the United States and the Amazons on American soil, Wonder Woman must race to save Paradise Island from total ruin! But the traumatic repercussions of her decision to slay Max Lord bring the Amazon princess full circle, as she realizes there's only one way to stop the war. Can Wonder Woman cross that line once more, or will lives continue to be lost?
On sale June 13 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
This should have been the OYL Wonder Woman story, and it's a small crime that DC went the direction that they chose. Sure, I wish this were Rucka, but I'm also willing to give a different best-selling author a chance.

Holy Cow! Dini is married to Zatanna!

-- Posted by: RHPT at March 20, 2007 2:50 PM

Giving hope to chubby, goofy, comic-loving geeks everywhere.

-- Posted by: ryan at March 20, 2007 4:25 PM