This week DC came out to play! Two new Vertigo series and the big conclusion to Grant Morrison's reboot-jumping Batman epic means that the Distinguished Competition will be flooding my stack for the week.
Earlier this year, Dark Horse announced they were going to enter the superhero horse race in a big way and we've already seen some stellar efforts in the form of The Black Beetle and Catalyst Comix. This is the next book in line designed to draw your attention away from the big two and over to the realm of creator owned. Written by Joshua Williamson and featuring art by Fernando Dagnino, Captain Midnight is the story of a daredevil fighter pilot and war hero who finds himself displaced in time thanks to the Bermuda Triangle. I've had a run-in with the Triangle myself, dear reader, and let me tell you I wasn't exactly fresh lemons uptop for a while.
Over seven years and four relaunches, Grant Morrison has taken the Dark Knight on the most epic ride of his life and today it all comes to an end. Having buried his son Damian, Batman and Talia, Father and Mother, battle for the very sould of Gotham City. Ninja Man-Bats, International Batman, and the mystery of the Matron all come to a head. And how will Bat-Cow factor into it? Morrison and artistic partner in crime Chris Burnham bring down the house.
Creators Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez, and Nathan Fox present a real mind-bender for the ages. Special Agent Adam Hardy of the FBP (Federal Bureau of Physics) have to unravel the mystery of unexplained time-space fluctuations before it unravels us. The stunning artwork by Mr. Fox should make you take notice. If not, the only mystery is why you're buying all those Infinity tie-ins. Zing!
Peter Hogan and Chris Sprouse bring Alan Moore's science-infused pulp hero back to life in a new miniseries debuting this week. Tom battles his way through an alien world called Terra Obscura to save the life of both his daughter and grandchild. Hopefully this is just a precursor to the return of all of the America's Best Comics characters. It should be noted there IS yet another hardcover edition of Promethea on the way...
These mini-trades from Marvel have been a fun way to blow eight dollars as well as a neat little trip down memory lane for seasoned readers. The formula is simple; just take a character from Marvel's stable that is on the cusp of breaaking through into the mainstream (like the Inhumans in this instance) and reprint a few old tales from the 70's and 80's. Badda bing, badda boom. Marvel kills more trees and everybody wins. With Matt Fracion and Joe Madureira's Inhumanity series coming later this year, get primed with this collection of Black Bolt stories from Amazing Adventures, with writing and art by the legendary team of Roy Thomas and Neal Adams!
Alright, that's enough out of me. Now you do your part. Head to your LCS and give 'em hell!
But, you know be polite and courteous and say please and thank you and stuff.