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Reviewing the DC December Solicitations Part 2

We're taking a look at the December DC Solicitations for 2008.

You can see Part One here.




WATCHMEN INTERNATIONAL EDITION TP

Written by Alan Moore

Art and cover by Dave Gibbons

DC Comics presents this special edition of the WATCHMEN TP, complete
with recolored cover art by artist extraordinaire Dave Gibbons. Created
especially for the international market, this edition is also available
to retailers in the U.S. and Canada exclusively through Diamond.

One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial
bestseller, WATCHMEN has only grown in stature since its original
publication. Along with the new cover, this volume features the
high-quality, recolored pages from WATCHMEN: THE ABSOLUTE EDITION,
restored by WildStorm FX and original series colorist John Higgins.

On sale December 3 • 334 pg, FC, $19.99 US

You know, I am sort of beginning to think DC is overshooting on the demand for this Watchmen thing. I'm sure demand will be high, but at $20, people are going to start loaning this thing to friends, instead of assuming pals will buy it.




WATCHMEN #1 NEW PRINTING

Written by Alan Moore

Art and cover by Dave Gibbons

Don’t miss this new printing of the comic book that started it all:
WATCHMEN #1, available as a stand-alone comic for the first time in
years at its original cover price of $1.50! This is a great way to
introduce curious readers to the phenomenon that is WATCHMEN!

On sale December 3 • 32 pg, FC, $1.50 US

Some of us already have issue #1, original printing. Lah-dee-dah for me, I guess. I might actually buy this anyway.


WATCHMEN: THE ABSOLUTE EDITION FIFTH PRINTING HC

Written by Alan Moore

Art and cover by Dave Gibbons

With WATCHMEN hotter than ever in anticipation of the upcoming movie,
DC offers the fifth printing of WATCHMEN: THE ABSOLUTE EDITION, the
oversized, slipcased volume featuring the original 12-issue epic, plus
samples of Alan Moore's WATCHMEN scripts, the WATCHMEN proposal, Dave
Gibbons' concept art, cover roughs and more!

Advance-solicited; on sale February 3 • 8.25” x 12.5”, 464 pg, FC, $75.00 US

Some of us already have this, too. But, you know, it IS a nice edition for collectors. And once you've seen the treatment in the Absolute Edition, you will feel sad for those who only have read it as a the standard TPB.

ALL-STAR SUPERMAN VOL. 2 HC

Written by Grant Morrison

Art and cover by Frank Quitely

Collecting ALL-STAR SUPERMAN #7-12, this amazing new hardcover
completes the epic, award-winning tale by Grant Morrison and Frank
Quitely! Don’t miss The Man of Steel’s clashes with Bizarro, Zibarro
and more as Lex Luthor enacts his scheme to cause the death of Superman!

Advance-solicited; on sale February 11 • 160 pg, FC,

$19.99 US

The main reason to NOT buy this is because you're waiting for the inevitable Absolute Edition. Otherwise, you will want a copy on your bookshelf, if you're like me and you wind up returning to some point in the comic that you want to see again that popped up in your head while driving to work.

BATMAN: R.I.P. THE DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by Grant Morrison

Art by Tony Daniel & Sandu Florea

Cover by Alex Ross

Legendary writer Grant Morrison concocts an unthinkable plot: The death
of The Dark Knight! Collecting BATMAN #676-683 in an oversized Deluxe
Edition, this volume features artwork by Tony Daniel. While Bruce Wayne
drops out of sight, The Club of Villains begins a crime spree through
the streets of Gotham City, while Batman’s allies attempt to keep order
in the city and find The Dark Knight.

Advance-solicited; on sale February 4 • 208 pg, 7.0625” x 10.875”

FC, $24.99 US

If you haven't been picking up Batman RIP, you might not know that this is one of the better Batman stories of the past few years. I don't know that paying $25 is the right entry price to the story, and it wouldn't hurt to have started reading Morrison's run with "Batman and Son" to understand where he's headed. But, as I KNOW I will return to this story, and Morrison's run in general, I may well pick this up for future re-reading and for my lending library.


BATMAN: THE STRANGE DEATHS OF BATMAN TP

Written by Gardner Fox, Gerry Conway and others

Art by John Calnan, Carmine Infantino, Jim Aparo, Curt Swan, Rich Buckler and others

Cover by Jim Aparo

Collecting classic tales featuring the seeming death of The Dark
Knight, as originally published in DETECTIVE COMICS #347, WORLD’S
FINEST #184 and 269, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #115, BATMAN #291-294,
BATMAN CHRONICLES #8 and NIGHTWING #52.

Advance-solicited; on sale January 21 • 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Oh. Oh, yeah. I'm down with this. I love the way DC is packaging these theme-oriented Collections from all over the DC library. Plus, they usually portend some future event in the DCU... so if you want to be filled in on some references, etc... these collections are where its at.


BIRDS OF PREY: CLUB KIDS TP

Written by Tony Bedard

Art by Nicola Scott, David Cole, Jason Orfalas, Doug Hazlewood and Rodney Ramos

Cover by Stephane Roux

As Black Canary prepares for her wedding, The Calculator attacks and
Black Alice discovers a mystery involving Darkseid in this volume
collecting BIRDS OF PREY #109-112 and 118.

Advance-solicited; on sale January 7 • 128 pg, FC, $17.99 US
I'm not sure this is my bag. Espeically as it ties into the train wreck that was the GA/ BC wedding.


DC COMICS CLASSICS LIBRARY: THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES – THE LIFE AND DEATH OF FERRO LAD HC

Written by Jim Shooter

Art by Curt Swan, Sheldon Moldoff & George Klein

Cover by Curt Swan & George Klein

Collecting ADVENTURE COMICS #346, 347, 352, 353 and 357! The Legion
battles both the Fatal Five and the Sun Eater – and only the ultimate
sacrifice can save Ferro Lad’s friends!

Advance-solicited; on sale February 18 • 128 pg, FC , $39.99 US

How sad is it that I thought that image was "Wild Dog" at first, and got really excited they were collecting the series? Readers will want this, until they see the $40 price tag. Really, DC? $40? That's, uh... kinda steep for comics that are now a few decades old, right?


ECLIPSO: MUSIC OF THE SPHERES TP

Written by Matthew Sturges

Art by Stephen Jorge Segovia, Chad Hardin, Dan Green, Robert Campanella, Walden Wong and Wayne Faucher

Cover by Stephen Jorge Segovia

Eclipso’s back – and this time, the villainous entity has possessed The
Atom’s murderous ex-wife, Jean Loring. Eclipso’s first target: his
former host, Dr. Bruce Gordon! Collecting stories from COUNTDOWN TO
MYSTERY #1-8.

Advance-solicited; on sale January 14 • 168 pg, FC, $19.99 US

DO NOT WANT


THE FLASH: EMERGENCY STOP TP

Written by Grant Morrison & Mark Millar

Art by Paul Ryan & John Nyberg

Cover by Steve Lightle

At last, DC collects the fast-paced 1990s epic by Grant Morrison (FINAL
CRISIS) and Mark Millar (Civil War) from THE FLASH #130-135! Confined
to a wheelchair after a run-in with the mystery villain known only as
The Suit, how can The Flash protect Keystone City from evil run amok?

Advance-solicited; on sale January 21 • 144 pg, FC, $12.99 US

Well, its Morrison and Millar. But its Aztek-era Millar and Morrison, which doesn't do as much for me. And the fact that I don't really recall anyone ever telling me they loved this run...

But the cover price is low, so... maybe.


GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY: FAMILY BUSINESS TP

Written by Judd Winick

Art by Cliff Chiang, Mike Norton, and Wayne Faucher

Cover by Cliff Chiang

The League of Assassins has mortally wounded Connor Hawke! Now it’s up
to Green Arrow and Black Canary to enlist Batman and Plastic Man to
help save the young hero’s life. Collecting issues #6-10 of the hit
series!

Advance-solicited; on sale January 28 • 128 pg, FC, $17.99 US

See other comments regarding GA/ BC


GREEN LANTERN: WANTED – HAL JORDAN TP

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 trade paperback
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 January 7 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Honestly, probably the weakest and least memorable part of Johns' run on Green Lantern. It felt like filler while he sorted out 52 and got ramped up on other titles. But it isn't all that bad of a story, honestly.


HUNTRESS: YEAR ONE TP

Written by Ivory Madison

Art by Cliff Richards, Art Thibert & Norm Rapmund

Cover by Matthew Clark

Learn what led young Helena Bertinelli away from a life in organized
crime and set her on the path to becoming a Gotham City vigilante in
this volume collecting the 6-issue miniseries!

Advance-solicited; on sale January 28 • 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US

I'm glad DC gave Huntress a shot as a stand-alone character, but why they decided to give her a Year One after Rucka's "A Cry for Blood", I do not know. I kind of recommend checking that TPB out before this one.

Also, I only read the first issue of the series before deciding it wasn't my bag, so take this all with a grain of salt.


JUSTICE VOL. 3 TP

Written by Jim Krueger & Alex Ross

Art by Doug Braithwaite & Alex Ross

Cover by Alex Ross

The final volume of the lushly illustrated maxiseries, featuring issues
#9-12, is now available in trade paperback! The Super-Villains' plot to
exploit the innocent thickens as the heroes discover that it may even
affect their comrades! Guest-starring Black Adam, The Marvel Family,
Doom Patrol, The Metal Men, The Titans, Supergirl and more!

Advance-solicited; on sale January 7 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

I freely admit... I really liked the series in floppy comic installments, but I'm by passing these collections to pick up the inevitable "Absolute Edition"


JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE LIGHTNING SAGA TP

Written by Brad Meltzer & Geoff Johns

Art by Ed Benes, Shane Davis, Dale Eaglesham, Jim Lee, Adam Kubert, George Pérez and othersCover by Alex Ross

Two super-teams join forces in this volume collecting JUSTICE LEAGUE OF
AMERICA #0 and #8-12 and JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #5-6! The JLA has
discovered the presence of several members of the Legion of
Super-Heroes in the present!

Advance-solicited; on sale January 21 • 224 pg, FC, $12.99 US

A good read. I really enjoyed the single issues, and it looks like the price is right.


SHADOWPACT: THE BURNING AGE TP

Written by Matthew Sturges

Art by Tom Derenick, Kieron Dwyer, Phil Winslade and Wayne Faucher

Cover by Tom Derenick & Wayne Faucher

SHADOWPACT #20-25 are collected in this new volume, in which the heroes
encounter three past and future incarnations of themselves in their
efforts to stop the Sun King!

Advance-solicited; on sale January 21 • 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US

I don't read this series, so someone else is going to have to tell me... But I think DC is pretty darn well covered in multiple versions of characters... This doesn't look like anything too ground breaking.


THE SPIRIT VOL. 3 TP

Written by Sergio Aragones & Mark Evanier

Art by Mike Ploog, Paul Smith & Mark Farmer

Cover by Jordi Bernet

Will Eisner’s classic hero continues his modern-day adventures in this
new volume collecting THE SPIRIT #14-20! In this volume, The Spirit
fights crime on a luxury yacht, a dude ranch and elsewhere!

Advance-solicited; on sale January 28 • 168 pg, FC, $19.99 US

I'm going to say it. This series has been disappointing since Darwyne Cooke left. It went from being the top of my read pile to a sort of hammy, mildly pleasant sort of detective sitcom. Not my cup of tea. If you haven't read it yet, wait for a paperback collection.



THE STARMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

Written by James Robinson

Art by Tony Harris, John Watkiss, Guy Davis, J.H. Williams III, Chris Sprouse, Craig Hamilton, and othersCover by Tony Harris

In this second volume, Jack Knight’s disturbing dreams drive him to New
York City to meet the Golden Age Sandman! Collecting STARMAN #17-29,
STARMAN ANNUAL #1 and stories from SHOWCASE ’95 #12 and SHOWCASE ’96
#4-5.

Advance-solicited; on sale February 25 • 416 pg, FC, $49.99 US



In reading the first volume, I was struck by what a tin-ear for American dialect Robinson had. The ideas the series are based on are rock-solid, and led to a lot of what we see in the DCU now, as per legacies, etc... One of the best supporting casts, ever in DCU lore.

But can also be fascinatingly awkward at times, as characters seem to lack any inner monologue.

SUPERMAN: SHADOWS LINGER TP

Written by Kurt Busiek

Art by Peter Vale, Jesus Merino, Renato Guedes, Jorge Correa Jr., Wellington Diaz and Jose Wilson Magalhaes

Cover by Alex Ross

The new Insect Queen makes her debut – and that spells trouble for The
Man of Steel in this new volume collecting SUPERMAN #671-675! And what
is the Insect Queen’s connection to Lana Lang?

Advance-solicited; on sale January 21 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Busiek's last hurrah on Superman before working on Trinity. Its a bit more rushed and less meditative than some of the beginning of the series (and the Subjekt 13 wrap-up may have been a little abrupt). But Busiek gets the character as so few writers do.



SUPERGIRL: COSMIC ADVENTURES IN THE EIGHTH GRADE #1

Written by Landry Walker

Art and cover by Eric Jones

Meet Linda Lee! She’s the newest kid on the block – and the planet,
too! Find out how an ordinary girl from Krypton became the most
extraordinary girl on Earth in the pages of this brand new monthly
series. And if you think life is tough as a hero, try being in the
eighth grade.

On sale December 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

Holy cats, am I excited for this series. DC needs to reach out to more of an all-ages market, and this seems like such an obvious sort of way to do so. I'm sort of in disbelief this approach hasn't already been used before...

TINY TITANS #11

Story by Art Baltazar & Franco

Art and cover by Art Baltazar

Follow the adventures of Sidekick Elementary’s newest foreign exchange
student, Red Star! Meanwhile, Beast Boy hatches his latest plan to
catch the attention of Terra. And we officially go to the birds in this
issue as Hawk and Dove swoop down for a visit, and the Penguin waddles
in for some fun.

On sale December 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

If you love comics, and aren't reading this comic, you're missing out on 32 pages of pure joy. This is a great title for everyone from superhero nuts to the alt/indie comix crowd. Seriously... this thing is better than most of the top 10 titles on ICV2.com. Give it a shot.


SUPER FRIENDS #10

Written by Sholly Fisch

Art by Dario Brizuela

Cover by J. Bone

It’s the holiday season, and the Super Friends are ready to get
festive! But they learn no matter what holiday they want to celebrate,
Dr. Light will be there to steal the celebration lights!

On sale December 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

This book is goofy super hero fun, and right for the young kid set. Maybe early elementary and younger? The personalities aren't really intact, so DC has a ways to go with this title if they want to make the transition. Tiny Titans is a better example of how to plant those seeds.

Writers note on reviews of Wildstorm, Vertigo, etc...: I'm mostly not reading Wildstrom or Vertigo, so I'm only commenting on a few of these.


TOP 10 SEASON TWO #3

Written by Zander Cannon

Art and cover by Gene Ha

Enjoy an extra-dimensional weekend trip with Sgt. Hector Monsoon and
Lt. Peregrine's husband as the two head out in order to improve
themselves. And back in Neopolis, Girl 2 starts her patrol with her new
partner Joe Pi and quickly finds how much is required of a patrol
officer. Meanwhile, Dust Devil and Shock-Headed Peter's new informant
turns out to have the goods, and they make a surprising arrest.

On sale December 3 • 3 of 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



Many readers loved Moore's original Top 10 work, but I don't know if I was on live with the Season 2 stuff. I don't really know why DC/ Wildstorm continues to push through these series unless there's significant money to be made. But mostly, without Moore's voice, I don't understand the point.

But then I see Gene Ha is on art chores, and... yeah. Count me in. Zander Cannon knows his way enough around the precinct that it's not like this is going to be embarrassing or something... but will probably only really serve prior fans of Top 10.


THE X-FILES #2

Written by Frank Spotnitz

Art by Brian Denham

Cover by Tony Shasteen

Mulder and Scully race to uncover the truth about the apparent suicide
of a government scientist. All evidence points to it being nothing more
than a case of one man choosing to end his own life, but Mulder is
convinced the evidence isn’t revealing everything. For Agent Fox
Mulder, uncovering the truth is literally a case of life or death.

On sale December 17 • 2 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $3.50 US

An X-Files comic? Really? Yo-kay!

HAUNTED TANK #1

Written by Frank Marraffino

Art by Henry Flint

Cover A by Joe Kubert

Cover B by Henry Flint

The Haunted Tank is back in action, but this time it’s an M1 Abrams in
modern-day Iraq! African American tank commander Jamal Stuart has his
21st century war ride in full battle rattle and is ready for anything –
anything except the whistling-Dixie combat guru ghost who shows up
uninvited!

Of course, this isn’t the first time the spirit of Confederate Civil
War General J.E.B. Stuart has helped guide a tank. In times of war he
makes himself available to assist his descendants in battle. Jamal
Stuart, meet your forefather! It’s the newest chapter in the legacy of
a long-time DC icon from writer Frank Marraffino (The Dark Goodbye) and
artist Henry Flint (OMEGA MEN).

This actually looks kind of interesting. Lots of room to go wrong, but I think it'll be worth looking at the first issue. Lots and lots of room for getting preachy or falling into some cliches, but hopefully the series will be better than lowest common denominator.



THE SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS #2

Story by Neil Gaiman

Adaptation and art by P. Craig Russell

Cover by Yuko Shimizu

Variant cover by Mike Mignola

In the timeless realm of Japanese myth, the King of Dreams has told the
fox how to save the life of the human she loves. It's simple: To
protect him, she has to die in his place. In the uncertain realm of
dreams and nightmares...

Continuing the adaptation of best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s prose
story THE SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS into sequential format by master
storyteller P. Craig Russell (THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS), this issue
also features a variant cover by fan-favorite artist Mike Mignola
(Hellboy)!

Gothy nerd folk rejoice! More Neil Gaiman Sandman for your bookshelf!

This is a good thing. Seems like sort of an obvious project, but, you know... took them this long.



AMERICAN SPLENDOR: ANOTHER DOLLAR TP

Written by Harvey PekarCover by Dean Haspiel

Art by Darwyn Cooke, David Lapham, Chris Weston, Dean Haspiel, Ty Templeton, Darick Robertson and others

More moving moments from the life of the essential everyman! Harvey
Pekar returns with the second Vertigo volume of his AMERICAN SPLENDOR
series. Harvey moves into his senior years and finds that he may be
able to cope after all.

Advance-solicited; on sale January 7 • 136 pg, FC, $14.99 US

MATURE READERS

I'm always amazed at the low numbers on the Harvey Pekar stuff from Vertigo. Pekar is an institution, but he's also still turning out great comics in the slice-of-real-life genre he's all but defined. Readers claiming they believe comics can work to tell any kind of story owe it to themselves to pick up any and all of Harvey's work.

HOUSE OF MYSTERY VOL. 1: ROOM AND BOREDOM TP

Written by Matthew Sturges and Bill Willingham

Art by Luca Rossi, Ross Campbell, Sean Murphy, Zachary Baldus, Steve Rolston and Jill Thompson

Cover by Sam Weber

“This is the next Vertigo pillar to watch!”

— Wizard

Welcome to the House of Mystery! Filled with peculiar, otherworldly
characters from all walks of life, this series from Matthew Sturges
(JACK OF FABLES) and Bill Willingham (FABLES) focuses on five people
trapped in the reality-warping House of Mystery, a supernatural bar
where tales are the legal tender and only the finest storytellers are
patrons! But how – and why – they’re stuck inside is all just a little
piece of the puzzle in this first volume, which collects issues #1-5 of
the all-new acclaimed series and special bonus material.

Advance solicited; on sale January 14 • 128 pg, FC $9.99 US

MATURE READERS

Note the price tag on this. This is a great intro price to what's been a surprisingly good series. Not the next "Y: The Last Man", or "Sandman", but its a great cross-genre book that I think could appeal to Sandman nuts.

HELLBLAZER #250

Written by Brian Azzarello, Jamie Delano, Dave Gibbons, China Miéville and Peter Milligan

Art by Eddie Campbell, Rafael Grampá, David Lloyd, Giuseppe Camuncoli and others

Cover by Lee Bermejo

Happy Christmas and happy 250th issue! An all-star creative cast leaves
five new holiday tales under the tree in this oversized holiday
special. See what the season has in store for the always-naughty,
never-nice John Constantine. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Right?

On sale December 17 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

MATURE READERS
250 issues. Unreal. Here's to you, Mr. Constantine. I may actually try to jump back into this series again and see how things are going for old John.




SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING BOOK ONE HC

Written by Alan Moore

Art by Stephen Bissette, Dan Day and John Totleben

Cover by Stephen Bissett and John Totleben

Writer Alan Moore’s seminal horror series is now published in hardcover
for the very first time — including the never-before-reprinted SAGA OF
THE SWAMP THING #20, in which Moore wraps up the previous storyline and
sets the stage for the groundbreaking tales that were to come.
Collecting SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #20-27, this first volume features
the stories that put Moore on the comics map in the 1980s thanks to his
unique narrative style and deconstructive storytelling. Created by a
freak accident, Swamp Thing believed he was once scientist Alec Holland
— but when he discoveres his true nature, it shatters his universe and
sends him on a path of discovery and adventure.

Featuring the art of Stephen Bissette and John Totleben, this
groundbreaking work features mind-blowing, genre-defying stories
starring the rich, complex character that Neil Gaiman called “The No. 1
New Classic Monster” in Entertainment Weekly.

Advance solicited; on sale February 11 • 208 pg, FC $24.99 US • MATURE READERS

Mike Sterling will be pleased. As someone who has liked a good chunk of the Swamp Thing he's read, I admit I came in too late in the game to get in on the ground floor. This book seems to be the opportunity.

I love that DC is giving fan favorite material like this the proper treatment. And teh rpice isn't bad.


YOUNG LIARS #10

Written by David Lapham

Art and cover by David Lapham

What do a smelly public bathroom, a pregnancy test, a pile of cocaine
and a small box with a bow have in common? We could tell you but you
might not be able to handle it. Danny could barely take it and you know
how twisted he is. This is Big C's life on the wild side. Find out
where it all went horribly wrong for the Young Liars right here.

On sale December 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

This series is yet another Vertigo series with an X-Treme chick (see Vinyl Underground, etc...), and a lot of characters you may or may not find interesting, and a whisper of a plot for Lapham to hang his characters on. Add in a vibe which seems lifted from the wackier episodes of "Preacher", but with none of the panache... I'm not recommending it.


CHRISTOPHER REEVE AS SUPERMAN STATUE

Sculpted by Karen Palinko

It’s the quintessential Man of Steel!

One of the most fondly remembered depictions of Superman is now
available as a commemorative statue exclusively from DC Direct.
Christopher Reeve strikes an iconic pose from the classic 1978 feature
film Superman – the movie that made the world believe “a man could fly”
and turned the actor into a star.

Standing atop an S-shield base, the Christopher Reeve as Superman
Statue is a limited-edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain statue
measuring approximately 12.50” tall x 5.5” wide x 3.75” deep. (The base
measures approximately .75” high x 6.5” diameter.)

The statue includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged

in a 4-color box. Manufactured to order.



Advanced-solicited; on sale May 27, 2009 * Statue * $195 US



A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Oh. My. God.
The wife will not be pleased that this will be one more step toward my attempts to turn the house into a Superman shrine, but for those of us who've seen Superman: The Movie about fifty times... well...



THE DARK KNIGHT: THE JOKER 1:2 SCALE BUST

SCULPTED BY KOLBY JUKES

Continuing the excitement of the smash hit The Dark Knight, DC Direct
offers yet another incredible collectors’ item: The Dark Knight: The
Joker 1:2 Scale Bust!


The bust features a movie-accurate likeness of The Joker, including
stunning facial details and the madman’s unique fabric costume, which
is finely tailored to the cold-cast porcelain body.

Mounted on a museum-style pedestal display base, this mixed-media piece
measures approximately 14.75” high x 11” wide x 8” deep, includes a
4-color Certificate of Authenticity, and is packaged in a 4-color box.

Limited Edition of 2,500!

Advance solicited; on sale March 25, 2009 * Bust * $295 US



THE DARK KNIGHT: BATMAN 1:2 SCALE BUST

SCULPTED BY KOLBY JUKES

Continuing the excitement of the smash hit The Dark Knight, DC Direct
offers yet another incredible collectors’ item: The Dark Knight: Batman
1:2 Scale Bust!

The bust features a movie-accurate likeness of Batman, including
stunning facial details and the hero’s new, intricately designed
Bat-suit, which is finely tailored to the cold-cast porcelain body.

Mounted on a museum-style pedestal display base, this mixed-media piece
measures approximately 15” high x 11” wide x 8” deep, includes a
4-color Certificate of Authenticity, and is packaged in a 4-color box.

Limited Edition of 2,500!



Advance solicited; on sale March 25, 2009 * Bust * $295 US

No doubt these will be neat, but... I do not need a 1/2 scale Heath Ledger in my home. or Christian Bale, for that matter. Sounds neat for the serious collector, but...


THE DARK KNIGHT: 1:6 SCALE BAT-POD BY HOT TOYS



Under special arrangement with Hong Kong toymaker Hot Toys, DC Direct
is proud to offer this 1:6 scale replica of the Bat-Pod, just as it
appears in the smash hit movie of the year, The Dark Knight!

This authentically detailed plastic collectible features light-up
headlights, a machine gun, a grappling hook and a wheel with
hub-mounted engines. Packaged in a 4-color box, the Bat-Pod measures
approximately 25.5” long x 7” wide x 6.5” high.

The Dark Knight: 1:6 Scale Bat-Pod By Hot Toys is in perfect scale with
the already solicited The Dark Knight: 1:6 Scale Batman By Hot Toys
(sold separately)!

Limited Edition!

Advance-solicited; on sale February 25, 2009 * Prop Replica* $295 US

Oh my God, this looks so cool. I am going to... It's $300? For a toy car? Hmmmm... Yeah, well... good luck with that thing!


THE DARK KNIGHT: 1:6 SCALE BATMOBILE BY HOT TOYS

Under special arrangement with Hong Kong toymaker Hot Toys, DC Direct
is proud to offer this 1:6 scale replica of the Batmobile, just as it
appears in the smash hit movie of the year, The Dark Knight!

This authentically detailed plastic model features light-up headlights,
a cockpit/roof opening panel and movable breaking flaps. Packaged in a

4-color box, the Batmobile measures approximately 29” long x 18.5” wide x 11” high.

The Dark Knight: 1:6 Scale Batmobile By Hot Toys is in perfect scale with

the already solicited The Dark Knight: 1:6 Scale Batman By Hot Toys (sold separately)!

Limited Edition!


Advance-solicited; on sale May 27, 2009 * Prop Replica* $450 US

$450? For that amount, I should be able to actually drive this thing somewhere...


THE DARK KNIGHT: 1:6 SCALE BANK ROBBER THE JOKER BY HOT TOYS

Under special arrangement with Hong Kong toymaker Hot Toys, DC Direct
is proud to offer this 1:6 scale figure of The Joker dressed as a bank
robber, just as he appears in the smash hit The Dark Knight!

Dressed in the shirt, suit, belt and shoes the character wears for the
bank robbery scene in the movie, the figure stands approximately 12
inches tall and features more than 32 points of articulation. An
interchangeable head, clown mask, handgun, MK760 rifle, and a luggage
bag filled with grenades are also included.

The figure comes with a display stand and is packaged in a 4-color box.

Limited Edition!


Advance-solicited; on sale December 17, 2008 * Collector figure * $175 US



HEROES OF THE DC UNIVERSE: BATMAN BUST

DESIGNED BY CARLOS PACHECO

SCULPTED BY JEAN ST. JEAN

Batman looms over Gotham City in the second piece of the new, ongoing
HEROES OF THE DC UNIVERSE bust series! Holding a Batarang and Bat-line,
Batman stands atop a gargoyle base as he looks out for danger below.

This hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain bust measures approximately 6”
high x 3.25” wide x 4.5” deep and is packaged in a 4-color box.



Advance solicited; on sale May 20, 2009 * Bust * $65 US

These are kind of neat, I guess. With so many other statues, I'm not 100% certain I see the point, but that's just my decorating sensibility. Ya'll have fun.


THE DARK KNIGHT: THE JOKER POKER SET

A must for fans of The Dark Knight movie and The Joker – don’t miss the limited-edition prop replica, The Joker Poker Set!

This unique collectors’ item includes a deck of 54 prop replica Joker
cards (as seen in The Dark Knight film!) and a standard “playable”

4-suit, 54 card deck defaced by The Joker. Also included are 100
4-color poker chips in Joker-themed colors of green, purple, red and
black, and 5 dice. The entire set comes housed in a black aluminum
carrying case (which locks to prevent The Joker from defacing the
second set of cards!), and the case is packaged in a 4-color box. A
4-color Certificate of Authenticity is also included and appears as one
of the playing cards!

Limited edition of 3,000 pieces!

Advance-solicited; on sale December 17, 2008 * Poker Set * $99.99 US

Due to the overwhelming demand for THE JOKER POKER SET, and the
subsequent increase in production run, this item is resolicited. All
previous orders are cancelled. Orders may be allocated.

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: BRUCE TIMM

DESIGNED BY BRUCE TIMM

SCULPTED BY JAMES SHOOP

The wildly popular DC Direct statue line continues!

Innovative Batman artist and animator Bruce Timm lends his talents to
the Batman Black & White Statue series by creating an original
design of the Caped Crusader leaping into action!


Painted in monochromatic tones, this statue measures approximately
7.25” high x 6” wide x 6” deep. It features a Bat-logo-shaped base and
is packaged in a black-and-white box.

Advance solicited; on sale May 13, 2009 * Statue * $75 US

TRINITY #7-9 POSTERS



Featuring art by Andy Kubert and Jesse Delperdang, these posters of the
iconic covers to TRINITY #7-9 may be displayed side by side to create a
large triptypch of Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman!

WONDER WOMAN TRINITY Poster

BATMAN TRINITY Poster

SUPERMAN TRINITY Poster








Advance-solicited; on sale May 13, 2009 * Poster * $7.99 US

Sadly, I would actually be more inclined to think about such a triptych of posters if they didn't have the mystic hoo-hah in the background.


THE SANDMAN ANNIVERSARY POSTER

Art by Various Artists


In celebration of the 20th anniversary of THE SANDMAN, this poster
features every major character ever featured in a Sandman story, as
drawn by the artists who made the characters famous!

Makes a great backdrop to display The Sandman (Absolute Edition) 1:6 Scale Deluxe Collector Figure, also in stores in March!


Advance-solicited; on sale March 18, 2009 * Poster * $7.99 US




BATMAN MINI NEON SIGN

Decorate your home or store with this exciting, affordable neon sign featuring Batman’s classic bat emblem!

The adjustable base unit can sit on a tabletop or be mounted to a wall.

Powered by a plug-in, UL-adapter, the sign itself measures
approximately 12” high x 7” wide and has a base measuring approximately
5.5” in diameter. Packaged in a 4-color box.



Advance-solicited; on sale May 20, 2009 * Neon Sign * $89.99 US
RETAILERS, PLEASE NOTE: These signs are available with several
different power adapter options, including U.S., U.K., E.U., AUS., and
JPN. When ordering, please select the appropriate line and item code on
the order form, as each version has been assigned its own code.

This will look great in the mini-super-hero bar I've set up for my cat! Especially when I get him to wear his Batcat suit and drink up.




So that's it!


Another month from DC comics. Maybe not a lot here in the way of huge event comics, which is okay. It would be nice to see more of a pattern indicating DC is working to build up the non-Trinity characters, such as Hawkman, Aquaman, etc... that just aren't getting the "front and center" attention they could use.

It's funny that DC gets so much flack as one of the Big 2, when they really do publish all sorts of comics, from American Splendor to Batman to Texas Chainsaw Massacre. You can't fault them for sticking to one thing, unless you aren't paying attention or are just looking for something to complain about.

It also looks like they're starting to drop prices on trades in some cases (see Lightning Saga). That's great news, and the right direction for DC as they compete in the oversaturated comic market.


So what are you looking at? What looks good to you?


Questions? Comments? Hate mail?

Come on, I can take it.

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Ryan is an Op/Ed columnist for Comic Fodder. He keeps his comics and himself in Austin, Texas where he manages the long running blog League of Melbotis.

He likes Superman.

You can reach Ryan (aka: The League) at theleague.cf@gmail.com