So here we are in February and according to one groundhog, the winter is going to last for another six weeks. Of course the other one said its an early Spring but who can really trust what these critters feel will be the case. It’s been a promising January in terms of all things music and mass media but now its time to get into the new month with a wide assortment of the comics that are hitting the racks from the DC Comics side of the fence. As usual, the overall premise and cover art comes from their resources but the editorial closing is all me. Let’s begin with a couple of titles that were re-solicited for this month after being expected last month.
SIDEWAYS #1: During the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, high school junior Derek James accidentally fell through a rift into the dark matter dimension! Now, as Sideways, he can create rifts in midair to leap through dimensions at will! But with that much power comes great liability—and cracks are starting to form in the fabric of the space-time continuum…
Written by DAN DiDIO and JUSTIN JORDAN; Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
THE TERRIFICS #1: Bound together by fate, united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics are bound from the Dark Multiverse of Metal! When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home. But a startling revelation on their return trip brings them face to face with a new mystery: Where in the universe is Tom Strong?
Written by JEFF LEMIRE; Art by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO; Cover by IVAN REIS
JLA/DOOM PATROL SPECIAL #1: “MILK WARS” part one! Welcome to the un-event of the year! Kicking off a line-wide adventure, DC’s Young Animal collides with the DC Universe to bring you a different kind of crossover. The Doom Patrol has discovered that an interdimensional corporation called RetCo has been stealing stories, reconfiguring them and repackaging them for new markets. Our gang of misfit heroes have felt the touch of this nefarious company, and it has already started to change them. Even scarier, though, is how deeply RetCo has embedded itself into current continuity, using the radioactive milk of psychic cows to quell the more dangerous impulses of the Justice League and turn them into heroes safe for the masses. And to kick this off, RetCo has gone all the way to the top.
Meet Milkman Man, heretofore unknown final son of Krypton, who was sent to our planet to save him from the destruction of his homeworld, only to be adopted by an evil dairy farmer and raised to love all things dairy! Co-plotted by Steve Orlando and Gerard Way, with art by ACO (MIDNIGHTER), this extra-sized special starts “Milk Wars” with a splash! Plus, who is Eternity Girl, and how does she connect to this whole scheme? A special four-part back-up feature by Magdalene Visaggio (Kim and Kim) and Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye) begins here. One-shot.
Written by STEVE ORLANDO and GERARD WAY; Art by ACO; Cover by FRANK QUITELY – Backup story written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO; Backup story art by SONNY LIEW
MOTHER PANIC/BATMAN SPECIAL #1: “MILK WARS” part two! Mother Panic has discovered a Gotham City transformed. What happened to her family and friends? And who moved into Gather House, the religious school that scarred Mother Panic as a young girl? It’s Father Bruce, the orphan millionaire who decided to give back to society by filling the deep demand for sidekicks. So many Robins in need of a nest! Plus, part two of the Eternity Girl backup story! One-shot.
Written by JODY HOUSER; Art by TY TEMPLETON; Cover by FRANK QUITELY – Backup story written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO; Backup story art by SONNY LIEW
SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL/WONDER WOMAN SPECIAL #1: “MILK WARS” part three! Shade has been split into multiple parts, each representing a different mood, all in service to the perfect and beautiful Wonder Wife. But Happy Shade is starting to sense that not all is right in Wonderland, and she finds something strange staring back at her on the other side of the looking glass! Plus, part three of the Eternity Girl backup story! One-shot.
Written by CECIL CASTELLUCCI; Art by MIRKA ANDOLFO; Cover by FRANK QUITELY – Backup story written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO; Backup story art by SONNY LIEW
CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE/SWAMP THING SPECIAL #1: “MILK WARS” part four! Swamp Thing has detected a disturbance in the Green, and his hunt for it has led him to RetCo headquarters. There he finds Cave Carson and his crew struggling against being assimilated into RetCo’s diabolical narrative. Is it possible for Swampy and Cave to destroy the organization from the inside? Plus, find out how their efforts help Eternity Girl in the final installment of her backup story! One-shot.
Written by JON RIVERA; Art by LANGDON FOSS; Cover by FRANK QUITELY – Backup story written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO; Backup story art by SONNY LIEW
DOOM PATROL/JLA SPECIAL #1: “MILK WARS” finale! As RetCo’s foundation shatters, the Young Animal teams come together with the Justice League and even more DC Universe heroes to finish the job. The only problem is, Milkman Man and RetCo still stand in their way. To right reality, the heroes of Young Animal and the DC Universe will have to unlock an outrageous power never before seen on any world! This mind-blowing conclusion will establish new realities for all of the DC’s Young Animal titles. Look for the return of Cave Carson, Shade and Mother Panic next month! One-shot.
Written by STEVE ORLANDO and GERARD WAY; Art by DALE EAGLESHAM and others; Cover by FRANK QUITELY
BATMAN: SINS OF THE FATHER #1: Based on the acclaimed videogame series from Telltale Games, this new digital-first comic tells the story of events between the first and second seasons. Someone is killing people associated with Arkham Asylum during the time Thomas Wayne was forcibly committing people there. Suspicion falls on the families suing Bruce Wayne to pay for the harm caused by his father. Batman has other ideas, but his investigation leads to him becoming the target of a deadly assassin.
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE; Art and cover by RAFFAELE IENCO
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #1: Don’t miss the start of a new, six-issue miniseries written and illustrated by Liam Sharp (WONDER WOMAN)! When a Celtic god’s murder leads to a war between the fairy folk and a possible breach between worlds, Wonder Woman must find the murderer and keep the peace while Batman investigates strange occurrences in Gotham City. As Diana must turn to the World’s Greatest Detective for help, the two heroes quickly learn their cases may be connected.
Written by LIAM SHARP; Art and cover by LIAM SHARP
YOUNG MONSTERS IN LOVE #1: It’s hard being a monster…and even harder being a monster in love. Sparks will fly and hearts will be broken when the ghouls and ghosts of the DC Universe assemble to bring you the Valentine’s Day Special that no one saw coming! One-shot.
Written by PAUL DINI, JAMES ROBINSON, JEFF LEMIRE, STEVE ORLANDO, MARK RUSSELL, KYLE HIGGINS, ALISA KWITNEY, PHIL HESTER and others
Art by GUILLEM MARCH, FRAZER IRVING, KELLEY JONES and others
Cover by KELLEY JONES
MERA: QUEEN OF ATLANTIS #1: From the pages of AQUAMAN comes a brand-new adventure starring Mera, in her own title for the first time ever! As the brutal Atlantean Civil War rages, Mera must keep the peace between the surface world and Atlantis as its newly anointed queen in exile. But when Aquaman’s brother Orm, a.k.a. Ocean Master, learns of his homeland’s fate, he’ll stop at nothing to return to Atlantis as its king and savior!
Written by DAN ABNETT; Art by LAN MEDINA; Cover by NICOLA SCOTT
PiercingMetal Thoughts: From the looks of it, the combination of the “Young Animal” line and the conventional DC Universe going on in these one-shots makes me tinhink that they are trying to integrate the two universes. Speaking frankly, I was not following any of the “Young Animal” titles and as result I will probably give these a glance while they are still on the racks. Not sure I’d like to plunk down $5 a copy on a group of issues that will most likely be a single collected edition in a few short months. I do want to get the “Sideways” and “The Terrifics” issues though for sure and that is that. You readers can let me know what issues if any are of interest to you from this list down in the comments section below. Fans of the comics and toy inclusions will be happy to know that I will once again be exploring the American International Toy Fair in the coming weeks and I am saying it here especially since an appointment has been scheduled with DC Collectibles to see their offerings. We love their stuff. Okay, see you next time.
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