Hello again dear readers I am back with some more comic book solicitations for the month of November and its the DC Comics side this time around. Fortunately for the wallet there are not as many as I lined out in the posting about Marvel Comics own November offerings. There’s a few cool first issues in addition to the currently running titles and some special editions that might be worth your investigation. Let’s get a look at them shall we.
BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT – ROBIN SPECIAL #1: After an intense training session in the Batcave, Tim Drake settles in for a normal day as a science teacher at Robinson Academy. But just as a class field trip to Wayne Industries begins, things take a violent turn when a gang of armed thugs enter the building. Don’t miss this special spotlight issue on the Boy Wonder!
Written by PETER J. TOMASI; Art by ROBSON ROCHA and JUAN ALBARRAN
DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1: The epic ending you never saw coming is here because you demanded it! The Dark Knight rises again to face the dawn of the master race!
Written by FRANK MILLER and BRIAN AZZARELLO; Art by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
BATMAN: ENDGAME DIRECTOR’S CUT #1: The sensational finale to the “Endgame” epic gets the Director’s Cut treatment! BATMAN #40 is reprinted with Greg Capullo’s art in pencil form, plus original script pages by the one and only Scott Snyder!
REG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
BATMAN: EUROPA #1: Superstar artist Jim Lee returns to the Dark Knight with this premiere issue! The impossible has happened and Batman is on the verge of being taken down by an enemy he cannot defeat: a virus for which there is no cure! And the only hope for his salvation is The Joker! Who infected Batman, what does the Clown Prince of Crime know, and how will the Dark Knight get that information? Together, the enemies crisscross Europe, desperate to find answers before time runs out. Co-conceived by Matteo Casali and Brian Azzarello, this 4-issue miniseries event will feature art by top talents over layouts by the incomparable Giuseppe Camuncoli (HELLBLAZER, Dark Wolverine), with the first issue pencilled and inked by none other than Jim Lee!
Written by MATTEO CASALI and BRIAN AZZARELLO; Art and cover by JIM LEE
DC COMICS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN – LOIS AND CLARK 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1: It’s the 1990s epic in which Clark Kent and Lois Lane tied the knot, featuring stories and art by some of greatest Superman storytellers of all time! Guest-starring Batman, Mr. Mxyzptlk and more!
Written by DAN JURGENS, KARL KESEL, DAVID MICHELINIE, LOUISE SIMONSON, ROGER STERN and others
Art by DAN JURGENS, JERRY ORDWAY, RON FRENZ, TOM GRUMMETT, JON BOGDANOVE, STUART IMMONEN and others
DC COMICS PRESENTS: TITANS HUNT 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1: The TITANS HUNT is on—and now, DC Comics collects some of the original stories that brought together your favorite teen heroes! Don’t miss some of the earliest tales of the Teen Titans in these stories from BRAVE AND THE BOLD #54 and 60, and TEEN TITANS #1 and 4, starring Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl and Speedy!
Written by BOB HANEY: Art by BRUNO PREMIANI and NICK CARDY
SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN #1: Hollywood screenwriter and Eisner Award nominee Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN) joins forces with top comics artists including Jock, Francis Manapul and Jae Lee to bring you SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN, a 7-issue miniseries chronicling the life of Clark Kent and his development into the archetypal hero he will eventually become. But these are not the stories of the iconic “Superman” as you know him, but of the soft-spoken, charming, often-funny Kansas farm-boy behind the Man of Steel. With the tone of each issue ranging from heartwarming and simple, to frighteningly gritty and violent, to sexy, sun-kissed and funny, SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN is unlike anything you’ve seen before. In this first issue, superstar artist Nick Dragotta (East of West, Fantastic Four) illustrates the story of Jonathan and Martha Kent as they struggle to deal with their 12-year-old son’s latest quirk—he’s been floating up into the air, sometimes hundreds of feet!
Written by MAX LANDIS; Art by NICK DRAGOTTA; Cover by RYAN SOOK
*** These next few titles are listed as being for Mature Readers ***
JACKED #1: Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural) teams up with Vertigo veterans John Higgins (HELLBLAZER) and Glenn Fabry (PREACHER) to bring you a very Vertigo take on the modern superhero in this six-issue miniseries. Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man mid-midlife crisis, buys an online “smart pill” to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump. But to Josh’s surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power—but its cost is that it’s extremely addictive. This irreverent and brutally realistic story examines both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life superhero.
Written by ERIC KRIPKE; Art by JOHN HIGGINS; Cover by GLENN FABRY
RED THORN #1: On the rain-soaked streets of Glasgow, a girl whose drawings somehow come to life has just stumbled across her one true love. And thousands of miles below those streets, an ancient demi-god plots his escape from the prison where he’s been held for nearly two thousand years. Evil forces are at play and no one is safe as the legends of Scottish mythology collide with the modern world. Fans of FABLES and THE SANDMAN won’t want to miss this riveting dark fantasy epic!
Written by DAVID BAILLIE; Art by MEGHAN HETRICK; Cover by CHOONG YOON
SLASH & BURN #1: Another day, another hot date. Firefighter Rosheen Hayes takes her relationships with conflagration seriously, whether it’s the trigger-happy burn victim with his sights on her partner or a chance encounter igniting memories of arson at the orphanage. But is she the super-sleuth fire-whisperer or twisted firestarter?
This new ongoing series from writer Si Spencer has all the mystery and intrigue of his hit Vertigo miniseries BODIES, with art by Max Dunbar (Dungeons & Dragons) and veteran inker Ande Parks (The Irredeemable Ant-Man), SLASH & BURN is a tricky thriller that explores both the excitement and the consequences of succumbing to one’s darkest impulses.
Written by SI SPENCER; Art by MAX DUNBAR and ANDE PARKS; Cover by TULA LOTAY
UNFOLLOW #1: A dying social media mogul leaves his billions to be split evenly between 140 random people—or however many of them are still alive at the moment of his death. Rob Williams (MARTIAN MANHUNTER, THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR) and Michael Dowling (Death Sentence) assemble a cast that includes a young black man trying to get by in St. Louis, an Iranian reporter in need of hope, a retired special forces soldier with a strange sense of purpose, and a thrill-seeking heiress, in this thriller that shows we’re all still part of the food chain.
Written by ROB WILLIAMS; Art by MICHAEL DOWLING
Cover by MATT TAYLOR
So there you have it. I’ll be back with more comic book stuff in December unless something special and worth discussing before then transpires. Until next time, let’s get back to the Metal.
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