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DC Solicitations for November 2007

DC has dropped their solicitations for November 2007 on an unsuspecting world.

DC solicitations are lifted from Comic Book Resources. They haven't sued yet, and they have full size images, so go there and click on some ads.

Anyway, ON TO THE PAIN!!!!





COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS #25-22

Story by Paul Dini

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

25 script by Adam Beechen and art by Carlos Magno

24 script by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Al Barrionuevo

23 script by Paul Dini and art by Tom Derenick

22 script by Tony Bedard and art by Manuel Garcia

Covers 25, 24 and 22 by Claudio Castellini; Cover 23 by J.G. Jones

The countdown continues with a new name and even bigger thrills! Karate Kid makes it to the bunker in Blüdhaven and confronts both Firestorm and the Atomic Knights! Jimmy Olsen enslaved on Apokolips! Mary Marvel not enslaved on Apokolips! The Monitor, Jason Todd and Donna Troy home in on Ray Palmer's trail! Desaad takes control! Lex Luthor kidnapped - but by whom? Trickster and Piper: One will live?one will die! And Mister Mxyzptlk explains it all! Plus, more DC VILLAINS origin backup stories, including: Desaad and Mr. Mxyzptlk!

COUNTDOWN 25 on sale November 7 o COUNTDOWN 24 on sale November 14 COUNTDOWN 23 on sale November 21 o COUNTDOWN 22 on sale November 28 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Sounds like a lot goes down in the next few months of Countdown. Dropping the title at this point may actually mean you're missing the story now that it's actually getting going. Finally.


COUNTDOWN TO MYSTERY #3

Written by Steve Gerber and Matt Sturges

Art by Justiniano & Walden Wong and Stephen Segovia


Cover by Gene Ha

Eclipso continues her maniacal mission to corrupt the heroes of the DCU! Find out who's next in her path! Plus, Doctor Fate enters a simple storefront that introduces him to a woman who will change his life!

On sale November 21 o 3 of 8 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

At this point it's probably safe to assume that whatever books Steve Gerber had planned was either scuttled or back burnered, most likely never to see the light of day. There's not much here to actually pique the interest as Eclipso has barely let her presence be felt in the DCU or in Countdown. Why readers will want to follow a limited series that focuses on Eclipso attempting (and most likely failing) to corrupt heroes is sort of an open question.


COUNTDOWN TO ADVENTURE #4

Written by Adam Beechen and Justin Gray

Art by Eddy Barrows & Julio Ferreiro

and Fabrizio Fiorentino

Cover by Eddy Barrows & Oclair Albert

In this issue's lead story, the Healers have arrived to "sterilize" the planet Earth and stop the contamination that's plaguing the planet. But what does this mean to Starfire and Animal Man?

And in the backup, Forerunner battles magic versions of DCU heroes on the Conjuror's world. Meet Batmage, master of the Dark Arts, Kal-El, wielder of Kryptonian magics, and Lady Flash, keeper of the Speed Force.

On sale November 28 o 4 of 8 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Four dollars? Really? And what does it mean to Starfire and Animal Man? You know, part of the point of the space crew was that they were folks sort of thrown together to solve a problem. I don't know what this is.


COUNTDOWN PRESENTS: THE SEARCH FOR RAY PALMER: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT #1


Written by Brian Augustyn

Art by Greg Tocchini

Cover by Dustin Nguyen

The quest heats up as one of the Challengers of the Beyond becomes an enemy. Plus, could finding Ray Palmer prove fatal?

For a signed edition, please see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.

On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I just want to point out that I bought Gotham by Gaslight about 18 years ago. While a great one shot, I'm a bit uncomfortable with how far back into the well DC is digging to get the Countdown story done. Why are all of these Countdown solicitations reading like descriptions for fan fiction I wouldn't read online for free? Who is Bryan Augustyn? Bad things happen to good one shots when editorial decides what stories need to be told.


COUNTDOWN PRESENTS: THE SEARCH FOR RAY PALMER: RED RAIN #1

Written by Peter Johnson

Art and cover by Kelley Jones

Will the Challengers of the Beyond become legends on a world ruled by vampires? Or will one of them become a threat to the rest of the team?

On sale November 7 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

This is just getting awkward. What the hell? Who was asking for even more Red Rain? This was a hit back during the 90's, I believe. I guess we're establishing the 52 universes, but there's got to be a better way. Plus, you know, is Jason Todd really the tour guide we need for the 52 universes? I'm still not convinced. And I'm still not convinced when they find Ray, its going to live up the build up. I predict some cosmic hoo-doo silliness by the end of this mess.


COUNTDOWN PRESENTS: LORD HAVOK AND THE EXTREMISTS #2

Written by Frank Tieri


Art and cover by Liam Sharp

It's the battle you knew was coming: Lord Havok and his Extremists vs. the Challengers of the Beyond! COUNTDOWN's Kyle Rayner, Donna Troy and Jason Todd guest star! Plus, a peek at the secret origin of the Extremist known as Gorgon!

On sale November 28 o 2 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Okay, this is goofy, but I'm kind of curious how they revamped these characters. These are the guys from the Giffen-era JLA, no?


BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #2

Written by Tony Bedard

Art and cover by Koi Turnbull & Art Thibert

The team attacks London for a high-profile abduction that marks them as Super-Villains in the eyes of the entire world - but that's exactly what Batman wants!

On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Remember when this was the idea behind Justice League: Elite, like, two years ago? Remember how that went down? Apparently Batman and Didio have completely forgotten, but it didn't end well. Also: Thunderbolts. I just fail to see how this is supposed to sustain itself, or how Martian Manhunter is going to go along with this. Sigh.


CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE FINAL ARK #2

Written by Bill Morrison

Art by Scott Shaw! & Al Gordon


Cover by Shaw! & Morrison

Leapin' lettuce! Frogzilla's back! And teamed with Salamandroid, he stands poised to plant his preposterously large footprint right on the Sandy Eggo Comics Convention! But?is the Zoo Crew's real foe bigger than both those bad guys?

On sale November 14 o 2 of 3 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Somehow Captain Carrot defies snark. Plus, I'm totally buying this series. So there.


SALVATION RUN #1

Written by Bill Willingham

Art and cover by Sean Chen & Walden Wong

Variant cover by Scott Kolins

Don't miss the stunning debut issue of a 7-part miniseries written by Bill Willingham (SHADOWPACT, FABLES) with art by superstar Sean Chen (Iron Man, X-Men: The End) & Walden Wong (COUNTDOWN TO MYSTERY, DAY OF VENGEANCE)! The world has finally had enough of the villains of the DCU - so they're exiling the evildoers to another planet, where they'll be left to their own diabolical devices! Who will thrive?and who will survive?

Retailers please note: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (featuring a cover by Sean Chen & Walden Wong), retailers may order one Variant Edition (featuring a cover by Scott Kolins). See the Previews Order Form for more information.

On sale November 14 o 1 of 7 o32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Last I checked, the conclusion of that goofy Joker's Las Laugh crossover in 2002 or so dropped the supervillain prison in Antarctica, which is also not easily escaped. That said, this looks like it could be entertaining in a "Negative Zone is a Prison" sort of way. Maybe this is where Ray Palmer is hiding?

GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY #2

Written by Judd Winick

Art and cover by Cliff Chiang

Variant cover by Chiang

Black Canary and Speedy head to Amazon Island, where a job offer from Athena seems to be the perfect opportunity for

Dinah to focus some of her frustrations over what's happened to Green Arrow.

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (featuring a cover by Cliff Chiang) ordered, retailers may order one Variant Edition (also featuring a cover by Chiang). Please see the Order Form for more details.

On sale November 14 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

This looks entirely dissatisfying. If they killed off Ollie (and it seems they have) I don't see this book lasting the year. Who, exactly, was clamoring for more of Connor Hawke? You know, DC, is it really that hard to give readers something they want and not just try to surprise us? Remember when you kept telling us how we'd warm up to that all new sassy Supergirl?


DEATH OF THE NEW GODS #3

Written by Jim Starlin

Art and covers by Starlin & Matt Banning

The carnage of the Fourth World continues as more New Gods die in this COUNTDOWN tie-in! Who will be the next victims? Who - or what - is responsible for so many deaths? How is Darkseid connected to them? And will Superman, Orion and Mr. Miracle be able to uncover Darkseid's schemes before it's too late?

On sale November 28 o 3 of 8 o 40 pg, FC, $3.50 US

I'm still on the fence. I love Kirby's New Gods, and so I want to see what the heck Starlin is cooking up, but... honestly, Starlin didn't exactly knock it out of the park with the Mystery in Space series, and who thought the New Gods needed killing...? This move seems so ill-conceived with its potential to alienate us Kirbyfans as well ass cutting off a potential source for stories, etc... that the mind reels. But one also suspects that this is part of a phase leading to something bigger.


CRIME BIBLE: THE FIVE LESSONS OF BLOOD #2

Written by Greg Rucka

Art by Jose Saiz

Cover by John Van Fleet

The Dark Faith spreads throughout the DCU as the Daughters of Lilith take the forefront in a recruitment drive to convert people to the Religion of Crime through the Lesson of Lust. And only The Question, who must work under cover, can stop a United States colonel from sacrificing his life - and his country.

On sale November 7 o 2 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

It's Rucka and Saiz. They'll get my shekels. Still... this solicit is sort of vague and hokey. I'm counting on the notion that the comic will not be vague and hokey.


GOTHAM UNDERGROUND #2

Written by Frank Tieri

Art by J. Calafiore & Jack Purcell

Cover by J. Calafiore

A COUNTDOWN and SALVATION RUN tie-in! The power struggle for control of Gotham's crime network continues as a new player challenges Penguin for leadership. Meanwhile, Batman goes deep undercover. Plus, guest appearances by Nightwing, Riddler, Mr. Zsasz, Ventriloquist and Scarface!

On sale November 28 o 2 of 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Hey, remember The Society? Yeah. That was neat. Anyhow, this may be worth a quick perusal in the shop as it may be better and less gimmicky than it sounds. But... Gotham crime network?

GREEN LANTERN #25
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver & Oclair Albert
Variant cover by Gary Frank
This is it! The most talked-about storyline of the summer, "The Sinestro Corps War," concludes in this double-sized anniversary issue! Why does Sinestro believe he has won? How will Hal Jordan stop his greatest enemy? What is the truth behind the prophecy of "The Blackest Night"? Where will the end results of this battle take the Green Lantern Corps? What is the bizarre fate of the Anti-Monitor? Why has Earth been assigned so many Green Lanterns? Learn all the secrets! Witness all the battles! Prepare yourself for the startling ending of the greatest epic in the history of Green Lantern!
Retailers please note: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (featuring a cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert, retailers may order one Variant Edition (featuring a cover by Gary Frank). See the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 28 o 64 pg, FC, $4.99 US
This storyline has been very good so far. The toughest part about it is that it's not coming out weekly. Even for the $5.00 price tag (Five dollars?!), I'm in. And you should be, too.

TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS PRESENTS: ION #1
Written by Ron Marz
Art by Michael Lacomb
Cover by Ivan Reis


Ion is the chosen one of the Green Lantern Corps, whose coming was foretold as a prophecy in the Book of Oa. But now that Kyle Rayner has been possessed by Parallax, can he ever bear the mantle of Ion again? Or will it pass to a completely new bearer? This all-important Sinestro Corps War tie-in reveals the answers, and sets the stage for Green Lantern - and Kyle Rayner - for years to come!

On sale November 28 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Oh. Yeah. Ron Marz and Ion. That 12 issue series you ran last year? Remember when that set me back $36? I do. Bang up job with that.


GREEN LANTERN CORPS #18

Written by Peter J. Tomasi

Art and cover by Pat Gleason & Prentis Rollins

"The Sinestro Corps War" epilogue! The fires still burn, the dead are many, and the Green Lantern Corps rises from the ashes to rebuild and continue their mission to protect the universe as the Guardians' recent decision in the midst of the Sinestro Corps War reverberates within the ranks and alters the Corps forever!

On sale November 28 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Well, I guess I'm getting that, too. But, why is Tomasi writing this? It's like they're breaking up the band, man.


BOOSTER GOLD #4

Written by Geoff Johns & Jeff Katz

Art and cover by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund


The critically acclaimed smash hit of the decade continues! (Hey, we're optimists!) Booster Gold, Rip Hunter, Barry "The Flash" Allen and Wally "Kid Flash" West are stranded in time with a broken cosmic treadmill, and hot on their tail is the murderous?Supernova? Plus, what's going on with Dan Garrett - the Golden Age Blue Beetle?

On sale November 14 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Booster Gold may be the perfect place for DC fanboys to totally geek out. This looks like fun.


INFINITY INC. #3

Written by Peter Milligan

Art and cover by Max Fiumara

The murderous Kid Empty leaves a swath of bodies across Metropolis, while John Henry thinks he's being haunted by the ghost of a deceased Infinity Inc. member! Plus, Fury has a close encounter with the newest team member, and Nuklon goes homicidal on the last person you'd expect.

On sale November 7 o 3 of 8 o32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Wish this series would just debut already. I'm very curious. With Milligan involved and the set up based upon 52, it could be all right. But only that first read will tell.


METAMORPHO YEAR ONE #3-4

Written by Dan Jurgens

Art by Mike Norton & Jesse Delperdang

Cover by Kevin Nowlan

Rex Mason is kidnapped by millionaire arms dealer Maxwell Tremaine, but is he ready to return the favor when Simon Stagg and Java come to his rescue?


Issue #3 on sale November 7 o Issue #4 on sale November 21

3 and 4 of 6 o32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SUICIDE SQUAD: RAISE THE FLAG #3

Written by John Ostrander

Art by Javier Pina & Robin Riggs

Cover by John K. Snyder

A mystical link to the Squad's first leader is revealed, as its current leader finalizes a new lineup of unimaginable power!

On sale November 14 o 3 of 8 o32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Ostrander! Suicide Squad! Yes, you may have my $3.00.


BLACK ADAM: THE DARK AGE #4

Written by Peter J. Tomasi

Art by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy


Cover by Mahnke

As Teth-Adam finds himself on the verge of death, a new weapon is revealed that may be able to kill Black Adam - even when he is fully powered. Is a secret cabal in possession of this weapon, and will the members of the JLA and JSA be able to bring Black Adam to justice before this weapon is implemented?

On sale November 14 o 3 of 8 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


52 AFTERMATH: THE FOUR HORSEMEN #4

Written by Keith Giffen Cover by Ethan Van Sciver

Art by Pat Olliffe & John Stanisci

The Four Horsemen have been resurrected, and they intend to turn the battlefield that was Bialya into their own personal hell?but not before destroying the scientists that created them. It's all-out war on Oolong Island -but will Batman, Wonder Woman and an injured Superman be enough to stop their reign of terror?

On sale November 28 o 4 of 6 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Signs point to "Yes". With Giffen as writer and Van Sciver on pencils, this could be a good, fun read. In an apocalyptic, earth shattering sort of way.


UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #3

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray

Art by Renato Arlem


Cover by Dave Johnson

The origin of Doll Man is revealed?but what secrets from the miniature Freedom Fighter's past will haunt the team as they struggle to fit in with the new world order?

On sale November 28 o 3 of 8 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

No, DC. Now go sit down and think about what you've done. And we all know Didio is best pals with Palmiotti and Gray, but... come on. Something. Anything.


ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #8

Written by Frank Miller

Art and cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams

Variant wraparound cover by Miller

Part 1 of Frank Miller's & Jim Lee's two-fisted thrill ride ends here, yet it's only just begun! The Dark Knight links a brutal psychopath to the Flying Grayson's murder, and the streets of Gotham run red with terror! Dick Grayson is reborn to wage war on crime! The newly banded Justice League fans out, trying to catch a bat!

Retailers please note: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (featuring a cover by Jim Lee & Scott Williams), retailers may order one Variant Edition (featuring a cover by Frank Miller). See the Previews Order Form for more information.

On sale November 28 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

For all the flack this series takes, it sure sells a heck of a lot of copies. Frankly, the long delay this book had in coming out either got the book a bit squared away or gave the audience time to catch up to what Miller was trying to do.


ROBIN #168


Written by Peter Milligan

Art by Freddie Williams II

Covers by Andy Kubert

A special issue written by Peter Milligan (X-Men, X-Statix) kicks off the 7-part "Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul," crossing over with the Batman family of books! Readers discovered in last month's BATMAN #670 that Ra's al Ghul has returned from the dead! What does Ra's resurrection have to do with Batman's son, Damian? And more important, why does this send Damian toward a head-on collision with Robin at Wayne Manor? Guest starring Talia al Ghul and the Sensei!

Retailers please note: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (featuring a cover by Andy Kubert), retailers may order one Variant Edition (featuring a pencils-only version of the same art by Andy Kubert). See the Previews Order Form for more information.

On sale November 7 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

It seems a bit odd that the return of Ra's would occur beginning in Robin, but with Milligan writing (as long as he's on his A-Game and not trying to get overly clever) this could be good. One to watch for.


NIGHTWING #138

Written by Fabian Nicieza

Art by Don Kramer & Wayne Faucher

Cover by Tony S. Daniel & Jonathan Glapion

"The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul," Part 2 of 7! Could it be? Nightwing and Robin fighting side by side with Damian? Will the combined might of Batman's three "sons" be enough to overcome the machinations of the newly reborn Ra's al Ghul? And what will Nightwing do when Robin is tempted with an offer he can't refuse? Guest starring Talia al Ghul and the Sensei!

On sale November 14 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

The Sensei? Well, why didn't you say so? (Dear solicitor, you could have stopped at Talia...) It's not all bad to see a Batline-wide crossover. Could be good.

DETECTIVE COMICS #838

Written by Paul Dini

Art by Ryan Benjamin & Saleem Crawford

Cover by Simone Bianchi

"The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul," Part 3 of 7!

Batman and I-Ching track down Ra's and Talia to their hideout while Nightwing pursues Robin! And why is the Invisible Map so important? All this, plus guest appearances by Talia al Ghul and Damian.

On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

It's promising to see Damian now firmly implanted in the DCU. This could easily have been another interesting idea abandoned by other writers.


BATMAN #671

Written by Grant Morrison

Art by Tony Daniel & Jonathan Glapion

Cover by Daniel

"The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul," Part 4 of 7! It's the fight of the year: Batman vs. Ra's al Ghul vs. the Sensei! Will anyone survive? Plus the secrets of Nanda Parbat are revealed.

It occurs to me this, in no way ties into Countdown. Good for them.


On sale November 28 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #11

Written by Michael Green

Art and cover by Denys Cowan & John Floyd

The Joker has been born. Batman has crossed some lines. Now, see just how far the Dark Knight will go in order to bring down the new criminal insanity that's inspiring the denizens of Gotham City.

On sale November 14 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

The Killing Joke was a one-shot. It was in print for years and years. I'm just saying.


CATWOMAN #73

Written by Will Pfeifer

Art by David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez

Cover by Adam Hughes

Catwoman's back to claim her title as Gotham City's top thief! Not only does she have to stay one step ahead of the Batman, but Gotham's underworld is out for her blood!


On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SIMON DARK #2

Written by Steve Niles

Art and cover by Scott Hampton

The most offbeat superhero in the DCU, from the creator responsible for the most offbeat horror film, 30 Days of Night! Gotham City has a new protector?the urban legend they call Simon Dark. And he's a very thin line of defense against a vicious serial killer!

On sale November 14 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Because Gotham needs an even darker protector? And because the Creeper series was so good?


SUPERMAN #670

Written by Kurt Busiek

Art by Rick Leonardi & Dan Green

Cover by Jesus Merino

Superman comes face to face with the mysterious third Kryptonian living on Earth in "The Third Kryptonian," Part 2 of 3! Revelations about Krypton's past, its survivors and its enemies come fast and furious in a centuries-spanning story of interstellar adventure and survival. But someone's stalking the third Kryptonian?and now he's after Superman, too! This issue has all the answers - and leads directly into SUPERMAN ANNUAL #13, on sale three weeks later!

On sale November 7 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Really? All the answers? Well, I guess I won't join that cult then. Anyhow, it looks like editor Matt Idleson has heard the folks over at the Superman Homepage who keep asking what the deal is with Superman's current, post IC origin. Busiek is doing a great job.



SUPERMAN ANNUAL #13

Written by Kurt Busiek

Art by Rick Leonardi & Dan Green

Cover by Jesus Merino

It's the slam-bang, no-holds barred conclusion of "The Third Kryptonian," as the entire Superman family - Superman, Supergirl, Power Girl, Krypto, Chris Kent and even Batman - makes a desperate last stand against a deadly threat to every Kryptonian in the universe!

Get ready for a new enemy and a shattering turning point for a key concept in the Superman mythos! It's can't-miss blockbuster action!

On sale November 28 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Could be good. This reader always enjoys the "Team Superman" idea.


ACTION COMICS #859

Written by Geoff Johns

Art by Gary Frank & Jonathan Sibal

Cover by Frank


Variant Cover by Andy Kubert

The return of the original Legion of Super-Heroes continues! The Man of Steel's jump to the future is anything but idyllic as he finds a world torn apart by strife and a populace that has turned on the Legion of Super-Heroes - and it's all because of Superman! But what went wrong, and how can Superman begin to fix it when he's Public Enemy #1? Retailers please note: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (featuring a cover by Gary Frank), retailers may order one Variant Edition (featuring a cover by Andy Kubert). See the Previews Order Form for more information.

On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

There's nothing to draw in the kids like bringing back a concept that hasn't really seen the light of day since the Reagan administration. Nonetheless, it is reviving the Legion that once dominated the charts and was almost as popular as the X-Titles. Add in Superman once again sharing a history with the Legion, and this reader is in.


SUPERMAN/BATMAN #42

Written by Alan Burnett

Art and cover by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs

Batman's not happy, Superman's being controlled, Bekka's hot for Batman, and Darkseid succeeds! It's the final chapter of Alan Burnett's epic "Torment." If you're reading COUNTDOWN, you can't miss this issue!

On sale November 14 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

This storyline is going nowhere fast. Hopefully this isn't a place where the action important to Countdown is really going down. This storyline hasn't been strong enough to support that.


SUPERMAN/BATMAN #43

Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning

Art and cover by Mike McKone & Lanning


Dr. Light is back - and he's got the Titans on his side! Identity Crisis showed how evil Dr. Light could be, but writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and fan-favorite artist Mike McKone take him to a new level in this stand-alone special issue guest-starring Steel!

On sale November 28 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I smell an inventory story...


SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #9

Written by Vito Delsante

Art by Julian Lopez & Bit

Cover by Pete Woods

Rising stars Vito Delsante and Julian Lopez team up to tell the tale of how the Man of Steel met the original Emerald Sentinel, Alan Scott! As a mysterious team of scientists tracks a dangerous threat headed toward Metropolis, Superman learns the first lesson in super-heroism from the man who wrote the book!

On sale November 14 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Yes... a tale begging to be told. Still, could be fun. But why they didn't tell how Superman met his contemporary, Hal Jordan, or one of their first team ups...


COUNTDOWN SPECIAL: JIMMY OLSEN 80-PAGE GIANT

Written by Jack Kirby

Art by Kirby, Mike Royer and Vince Colletta

Cover by Ryan Sook


Collecting SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #136 and #147-148, featuring Jimmy's dealings with the DNAlien and Cadmus!

On sale November 7 o 80 pg, FC, $4.99 US

Awesome. You might not think so, but I dig Jimmy Olsen. So... awesome.


SUPERGIRL #23

Written by Kelley Puckett

Art and cover by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder

Variant cover by Adam Kubert

The Teen of Steel embarks on a brand-new direction as writer Kelley Puckett (Batgirl) joins forces with acclaimed art team Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder (Countdown, Wonder Woman) as the new SUPERGIRL creative team!

An enthralling story arc begins with a bizarre delivery to Kara's apartment that very quickly has her hopping dimensions and traveling through deep space! Guest-starring Superman, Batman and the Green Lantern Corps!

Retailers please note: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (featuring a cover by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder, retailers may order one Variant Edition (featuring a cover by Andy Kubert). See the Previews Order Form for more information.

On sale November 7 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

This sounds awful. Please, DC... Please do not turn Kara into "Sliders"... Just, look deep within yourself and maybe deep within the 30-odd years of previous Kara Zor-El comics... You can do it. But, for the love of Mike, why is this so hard..?


THE ALL-NEW ATOM #17


Written by Gail Simone

Art by Mike Norton & Trevor Scott

Cover by Ladrönn

When the Department of Metahuman Affairs becomes concerned over the explosion of metahuman weirdness taking place in Ivy Town, they send special agent Diana Prince to investigate - but can even Wonder Woman save the all-new Atom from the shotgun wedding of the century?

On sale November 7 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Can guest stars save this title from dwindling sales? U Decide!


BLUE BEETLE #21

Written by John Rogers

Art and cover by Rafael Albuquerque

Jaime Reyes gets an extra boost from the Beetle legacy via

Ted Kord's gadgets and Dan Garrett's niece as he uncovers the Reach's plan for mind-controlling Earth!

On sale November 28 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Nothing really about the solicitation, but this is a great title, and it doesn't sell super well. I highly recommend this comic. Give it a shot.


BIRDS OF PREY #112


Written by Tony Bedard

Art by David Cole & Doug Hazlewood

Cover by Stephane Roux

A colleague has been murdered, and Lady Blackhawk goes missing?but only to honor the memory of her fallen teammate!

On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I have a bad feeling about Barda...


THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #8

Written by Mark Waid

Art by George Pérez & Bob Wiacek

Cover by Pérez

A virtually unstoppable force has driven the Doom Patrol to the brink of destruction and despair! And why is The Flash the only hero who can possibly stand between them and utter chaos?

On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I dunno what can stand between the Doom Patrol and utter chaos, but I'm in. This title is a huge amount of fun every time it comes out, which is shockingly regularly, given the detail and energy in the art.


THE FLASH #234


Written by Mark Waid and John Rogers

Art by Daniel Acuña and Doug Braithwaite

Cover by Manuel Garcia

The unstable powers of Wally West's growing children reach a terrifying new level! And in the backup feature, "The Fast Life," by Mark Waid, John Rogers amd Doug Braithwaite, the compelling tale of Wally's family's life on a Flash-friendly alien world continues.

On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I was surprised by how well the Flash comic seems it might work as a story of a super family. I'm still not sold on the overly muscular adolescent (it's kinda unnatural and gross), but I still like the basic idea. Could be just me getting old and being in a place where superheroes with kids doesn't seem too crazy.


JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #15

Written by Dwayne McDuffie

Art by Ed Benes & Sandra Hope

Cover by Ian Churchill

It's the brawl of the century, delivered by writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League Unlimited) and artists Ed Benes & Sandra Hope, as the Justice League of America takes on the Injustice League in the final chapter of "Unlimited"!

On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

It strikes me that this is a very short story arc, and that's okay. McDuffie still hasn't actually started his run on JLA, so who knows how this will shake out. Here's hoping the excellent work he did on the television program on JLU will translate to the comics.


JLA CLASSIFIED #46


Written by Justin Gray

Art by Rick Leonardi & Sean Phillips

Cover by Walter Simonson

The last chapter in the "Ghosts of Mars" storyline finds J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter, destroyed from within by his malevolent brother's memory! Luckily his new family - the JLA- and his old Martian family have ways to help him.

On sale November 14 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

This J'onn-centric arc does little but remind me that Martian Manhunter never needed a makeover and that WWIII was just a pretty poorly executed comic.


JLA CLASSIFIED #47

Written by Mike W. Barr

Art by Randy Green & Andy Owens

Cover by Julian Lopez & Bit

Part 1 of a 2-part story written by Mike W. Barr (BATMAN) that pits the classic JLA against an enemy who's managed to strip them of their weapons! Green Lantern without his ring! Wonder Woman without her lasso! Hawkman without his wings! Green Arrow without his arrows! The Atom without his size-changing belt!

On sale November 28 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

It should be fun to see what Barr brings to the table with his return to DC.

JSA CLASSIFIED #32

Written by Junior Thomas

Art by Staz Johnson & Rodney Ramos

Cover by Alex Sanchez

The holidays are a difficult time for anyone, and heroes are no exception-particularly those who have lost loved ones in the battle for justice. But heroes rarely have a moment to mourn, as Alan Scott finds, when he most forego the annual JSA Thanksgiving dinner to save a little girl from an ancient evil.

On sale November 28 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


CHECKMATE #20

Written by Greg Rucka

Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson

Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky

"The Fall of the Wall" concludes with a bang! Taskforce X marks the spot as the Royals force a showdown with Amanda Waller!

On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

If you aren't reading Checkmate, you're missing the best DC has to offer. This reader is intrigued to see, exactly, how Rucka moves the pieces on the chessboard and brings a conclusion to the friction that's been building since the first issue.


METAL MEN #4

Written by Duncan Rouleau

Art and cover by Rouleau

Who is the second Doctor Magnus, and why does he want to destroy the Metal Men and all robots before they ever exist? What does the mysterious alchemist called the Unknown want with the Metal Men's responsometers? These questions and more are answered as the battle between the past and the future comes ever closer to the present!

On sale November 7 o 4 of 8 o32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

SHADOWPACT #19

Written by Matt Sturges

Art and cover by Phil Winslade

A lethal trap has been sprung by Shadowpact's crafty foes?and our heroes have no choice but to walk straight into it, to save one of their own!

On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


TEEN TITANS #53

Written by Sean McKeever

Art by Alé Garza & Marlo Alquiza

Cover by Garza & Scott Williams

"The Titans of Tomorrow...Today!" goes full throttle in its penultimate chapter! As Robin descends into darkness, it falls to the rest of the Teen Titans to take on not only Starro and its minions, but also the Titans of Tomorrow?and their newfound friends!

On sale November 28 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Was 'evil future Titans' that big of a landmark that McKeever really feels he needs to return to the idea? It seems a bit early for the worm to turn. Btw, Rogers handled the Titans very well in this week's Blue Beetle. Just saying.

SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #36

Written by Tony Bedard

Art and cover by Dennis Calero

The Quest for Cosmic Boy concludes as Brainiac 5's secret is revealed! Plus, Lightning Lad's place in the Legion gets a shocking change, Supergirl spends her last day as a Legionnaire, and the trans-temporal menace of Evolvo-Lad intensifies!

On sale November 28 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

So... is this the end of this Legion run?


THE SPIRIT #12

Written by Darwyn Cooke

Art by Cooke & J. Bone

Cover by Cooke

A waterfront murder brings The Spirit face to face with his first true love. From out of the past steps the mysterious Sand Sarif!

On sale November 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Say farewell to a great run by a great team. More comics should strive to be as enjoyable a read month after month.


TEEN TITANS EAST SPECIAL #1


Written by Judd Winick

Art and cover by Ian Churchill & Norm Rapmund

Titans Tower is back up and running on the East Coast as Judd Winick, Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund assemble an explosive new team of Titans under the leadership of Cyborg! But their first mission may be their last as powerful forces gather to destroy all Titans past and future!

On sale November 14 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Winick seems to really like taking ideas and adding a whole new and unnecessary layer that is not nearly as bad-ass as he tends to believe.


WONDER WOMAN #14

Written by Gail Simone

Art and cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson

Variant cover by Michael Golden

An electrifying new era begins for the world's greatest superheroine! Gail Simone (BIRDS OF PREY, SECRET SIX) joins the phenomenal art team of Terry and Rachel Dodson for what promises to be one of the most exciting Wonder Woman stories ever told!

What exactly is The Circle, and what deadly secret do they hold about Diana's birth? What familiar face from Wonder Woman's past returns with a mission to spy on Special Agent Diana Prince? Why is the Department of Metahuman Affairs on a collision course with the wounded remnants of the Society of Super-Villains? You won't want to miss any of this story that spans the globe and shakes Diana to her core!

Retailers please note: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (featuring a cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson), retailers may order one Variant Edition (featuring a cover by Michael Golden). See the Previews Order Form for more information. This story was previously solicited to appear in WONDER WOMAN #13.

On sale November 14 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I really miss the pre-Infinite Crisis Wonder Woman. I'm just saying. Maybe Gail can fix this series, but I can't really get a bead on this new take.


TRIALS OF SHAZAM #10

Written by Judd Winick

Art and cover by Mauro Cascioli

Sabina and Freddy race to find the hidden Mercury?as this test is about gaining his speed ability! And if Sabina finds him first, she'll be equal to Freddy in the ultimate Trials for Shazam's power!

On sale November 28 o 10 of 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

This is still going?


WONDER GIRL #3

Written by J. Torres

Art and cover by Sanford Green & Nathan Massengill

Warriors from the Fourth World are coming for Wonder Girl and the demigods living on Earth. But when the fight is brought from the skies to her home, one of her families will fall!

On sale November 14 o 3 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I think i will be skipping this series. I can't believe it will be important to DCU continuity, and it looks like a minor side-story dictated by editorial assuming I care about Amazons Attack! and, generally, anything Wonder Girl related since Infinite Crisis.

BATMAN: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS HC


Written by Ed Brubaker

Art by Doug Mahnke, Patrick Zircher, Aaron Sowd and Steve Bird

Cover by Mahnke

Witness Batman's first encounter with The Joker in this hardcover volume collecting the graphic novel BATMAN: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, by Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke! This collection also includes DETECTIVE COMICS #784-786, a murder-mystery tale guest-starring Green Lantern Alan Scott!

Advance-solicited; on sale January 30 o 144 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Yes, in this same month's solicitations, over in Batman: Confidential, they are making this story obsolete. Well done, DC. Well done.


TALES OF THE MULTIVERSE: BATMAN - VAMPIRE TP

Written by Doug Moench

Art by Kelley Jones, Malcolm Jones III and John Beatty

Cover by Jones

TALES OF THE MULTIVERSE is a new series of titles collecting stories of familiar heroes reimagined in startling ways. This inaugural volume collects the dark tales originally presented in BATMAN/DRACULA: RED RAIN, BATMAN: BLOODSTORM and BATMAN: CRIMSON MIST, written by Doug Moench with macabre art by Kelley Jones.

The legendary horror known as Dracula has descended upon Gotham City - and he's brought his deadly children of the night with him. Now, it's up to Batman to stop the Lord of the Undead's assault on his city - but after being bitten by Dracula, Batman himself joins the ranks of the undead. Will Batman be an even greater threat to the citizens of Gotham City than Dracula?

Advance-solicited; on sale December 19 o 288 pg, FC, $19.99 US

What zombies are to today's comics, so vampires were to the 90's. Let us revisit a really, really goth Batman.


BATMAN: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT TP


Written by Brian Augustyn

Art by Mike Mignola, Eduardo Barreto and P. Craig Russell

Cover by Mike Mignola

Reoffered to coincide with the BATMAN - VAMPIRE TP! Collecting the stories that pit the Dark Knight against Jack the Ripper and a death-dealer from the skies over Gotham!

On sale November 7 o 256 pg, FC, $19.99 US o RELIST

I have the first one of these, but none of the rest. I suppose I will need to check this out.


BATMAN: HONG KONG SC

Written by Doug Moench

Art and cover by Tony Wong

Reoffered to coincide with the BATMAN - VAMPIRE TP, also written by Doug Moench! This thrilling tale sends the Dark Knight to the other side of the globe on the trail of a killer!

On sale November 7 o 128 pg, FC, $17.95 US o RELIST

I have this from when they printed it maybe four years ago. It's not very good.


THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE - FULL THROTTLE TP

Written by Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo, Mark Guggenheim and Ian Boothby

Art by Ron Adrian, Art Thibert, Paco Diaz, Tony S. Daniel, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Rob Lea, Alex Lei and Lorenzo Ruggiero



Cover by Daniel Acuña

Collecting THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #7-13 and material from the DCU HOLIDAY SPECIAL! In this volume, Bart must battle his dark twin, Inertia, who is intent on outracing his nemesis at any cost. Plus, the Rogues are back, determined to end the legacy of The Flash.

Advance-solicited; on sale December 26 o 208 pg, FC, $12.99 US

Here's the deal I'm offering: You send me $6.50 and your phone number, and I'll call you and tell you why you just saved $6.50.

HARLEY QUINN: PRELUDES AND KNOCK-KNOCK JOKES HC
Written by Karl Kesel
Art and cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
The Joker's lovable partner in crime takes the spotlight in this new hardcover volume collecting HARLEY QUINN #1-7, written by Karl Kesel (SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL) with art by the fan-favorite team of Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson (WONDER WOMAN)! Don't miss these beautifully illustrated tales of lunacy!
Advance-solicited; on sale January 16 o 192 pg, FC, $24.99 US

THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: AN EYE FOR AN EYE TP
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Keith Giffen, Steve Lightle, Joe Orlando and Larry Mahlstedt


Cover by Giffen

Don't miss the first exciting collection of The Legion of Super-Heroes' series that launched in 1984, featuring the talents of legendary Legion creators Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen! In this fast-paced, futuristic title, collecting the first six issues of the series, The Legion learns of a conspiracy by a consortium of evil calling itself The Legion of Super-Villains to destroy the team - and it's Karate Kid who pays the ultimate price!

Advance-solicited; on sale December 19 o 160 pg, FC,

$17.99 US

This could be okay. No, really. I'm getting it.


THE SPECTRE: TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED TP

Written by David Lapham

Art by Eric Battle & Tom Mandrake

Cover by Al Barrionuevo

Collecting stories from TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #1-8! Detective Crispus Allen was murdered during the events of INFINITE CRISIS and was reborn as the instrument of God's wrath known as The Spectre. Now, he is on a quest to brutally punish those who choose to do wrong.

Advance-solicited; on sale December 19 o 128 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Wow, was this an unnecessary series. Now, in collected format!


BATMAN/SUPERMAN: SAGA OF THE SUPER SONS TP

Written by Bob Haney


Art by Dick Dillin, Murphy Anderson, Vince Colletta and others

Cover by Nick Cardy

For the first time, the complete saga of the Super Sons is collected in one volume! Features stories from the pages of WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #215-216, 221-222, 224, 228, 230, 231, 233, 238, 242, 263 and ELSEWORLDS 80-PAGE GIANT #1!

Advance-solicited; on sale December 5 o 256 pg, FC, $19.99 US

256 pages of awesomeness. Also, you know, Damian Wayne and Christopher Kent, you know?

A simple search on Brian Augustyn would've returned this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Augustyn

He wrote the original Gotham by Gaslight those 18 years ago, which is in many ways a classic. He's currently the managing editor of Visionary Comics, however that link is left to the reader to find...

-- Posted by: Mike Shields at September 3, 2007 5:34 PM