While I’m not feeling particularly angsty about the relaunch, I am not terribly excited, either. I am … neutral. I feel like it is just a bunch of new books all at once instead of parsed out. So, I will try the titles that are interesting to me as I would any other time. Another bit of disclosure, my LCS is running a special on the DC #1 titles. If you ordered your #1 picks before a certain date and you don’t like some of them, you can return it for store credit. I am in there every week so store credit is cash money. Kind of takes the edge off. I have broken my list into two parts: titles I added to my pull list as soon as they were announced and books I am getting because of the deal at my LCS. Now, shall we?
The “Was Always Gonna Get” Titles
This one is a no-brainer for me. Grant Morrison and Rags Morales are two of my all-time favorite creators, and they are on the same book. I think this is going to be a great read that will sell like hot cakes. Grant gets plenty of love; I think it is great to see Rags get top-billing, too.
Gail is going to knock this one out of the park. I just know it. Besides, the only time I have ever read Barbara Gordon as Batgirl was in Crisis on Infinite Earths, and she was utterly pathetic in that. I need a new reference for Babs at Batgirl.
I have been waiting for this book FOR A YEAR! Okay, maybe it is more like eight or nine months since they announced it, but it feels like a year. I will buy every issue, read it twice, and flip through the pages a third time to savor the art. I will then buy any subsequent hard covers. Between J.H. Williams and Amy Reeder, this is solid comic gold. We all know it. Also … Kate Kane is the shit.
I had actually dropped Green Lantern awhile back prior to the War of the Green Lanterns because I was not in the mood for another cross-over. Johns and Mahnke are a great team, and it has always been a consistently good book. Mahnke’s detail and action-sequences are second to none. A fresh start with Sinestro as a Green Lantern again? Johns writes Sinestro well, in all of his self-righteous glory. I’m in.
Justice League Dark
MADAME XANADU, MADAME XANADU, MADAME XANADU, MADAME XANADU, MADAME XANADUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!
I have been pulling Wonder Woman for four years … straight. She is the only character that gets my unwavering loyalty (and by loyalty I mean money). Over the course of The Odyssey arc I have been tempted to drop the book, but I love the character and support the title with my dollars. Now, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang are the best team to be put on the book since Gail Simone and Aaron Lopresti. Diana deserves the best, and I think Azzarello and Chiang are going to do great things for our Amazon Princess.
I’d like to take a small pull-list preview break to pour out a little coffee for some of my favorite titles that are ending with the relaunch: Gail’s Birds, Secret Six, Xombi, and Zatanna.
The “Store Credit if I Don’t Like You” Titles
Birds of Prey
This book has yet another solid creative team. Jesus Saiz drew the previous incarnation of the Birds beautifully, and Duane Swierczynski’s run on Cable was quite good. I love Black Canary, so I really hope they do it right. If they write Dinah wrong, then I may say forget the store credit and just light it on fire.
Word on the street is Mike Costa’s G.I. Joe: Cobra is a really … really good book. It would logically follow that if he did so well on that book, he’d probably do well with the Blackhawks concept, too. Besides the Blackhawks are badasses. Sometimes that is a reason to like things.
Morrison sparked an interest in me for Frankenstein in Seven Soldiers, and Jeff Lemire tells some intense stories. Five dollars says Lemire makes me love Frankie like I love Gus.
I know nothing about this character, but that cover is pretty swank. I have no idea what to expect, and sometimes I like it like that. I do know that I dig me some Artifacts and Witchblade. Mr. Marz has got some skills.
I’ve had a crush on Michael Holt since Checkmate. That is all.