Hello again comic book fans and in case you are just joining the site, Happy New Year to you all. We are off and running already as you can see and not wasting time reflecting on the past year anymore and instead dishing out the awesome first issue comics that are coming out from the DC Comics side of the fence. Check out the provided press copy and artwork from the DC Entertainment folks and then I will return with some picks of my own for the month. Remember that there are numerous variant covers for these editions and a heap of concurrently running titles. Here we go.
THE KAMANDI CHALLENGE #1: Prepare to take part in one of the greatest adventures from the infinite future of the DC Universe, and join the industry’s top creative teams in a round-robin, no-holds-barred, storytelling extravaganza titled THE KAMANDI CHALLENGE! Born from the mind of Jack “King” Kirby, the post-apocalyptic Earth of Kamandi has been a fan favorite for decades, and now 14 intrepid teams of writers and artists build on this incredible foundation and take the title character on an epic quest to find his long-lost parents and travel to places seen and unseen in the DC Universe.
Each issue will end with an unimaginable cliffhanger, and it’s up to the next creative team to resolve it before creating their own. It’s a challenge worthy of “The King” himself! In this premiere issue, the Last Boy on Earth is dragged from his safe haven by a group of tigers, only to face the nightmarish threat of the ultimate weapon!
Written by Dan Abnett and Dan Didio; Art by Dale Eaglesham, Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish; Cover by Bruce Timm
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE ATOM REBIRTH #1: SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD! Meet Ryan Choi, prodigious theoretical physics student with severe allergies and crippling social anxiety. But little does young Ryan know, his first day at Ivy University marks the start of an epic journey into the very heart of the DC Universe! One shot.
Written by Steve Orlando; Art by Andy Macdonald; Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: VIXEN REBIRTH #1: SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD! She’s one of the country’s most successful businesswomen, an iconic fashion pioneer, a crusader for social justice and an incredibly powerful member of the Justice League of America. But Mari McCabe’s life wasn’t always this way. Follow her path to becoming the heroic Vixen in this crucial special! One shot.
Written by Steve Orlando and Jody Houser; Art by Jamal Campbell; Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE RAY REBIRTH #1: SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD! Locked indoors, raised in the dark and told his medical condition could be fatal to himself and anyone he meets, Ray Terrill is dangerous. A freak. Broken. Or is he…? Witness the amazing power of realizing your true self and stepping into the light in this moving rebirth of a long-lost hero for a new generation. One shot.
Written by Steve Orlando; Art by Stephen Byrne; Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: KILLER FROST REBIRTH #1: SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD! What happens to a super-villain on their last day in Belle Reve Prison? Against all odds, Killer Frost is up for parole from the Suicide Squad, but you can bet Amanda Waller isn’t going to make it easy for Frost to join the new JLA. One shot.
Written by Steve Orlando and Jody Houser; Art by Mirka Andolfo; Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.
BATMAN ’66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN ’77 #1: What mysteries are hidden in the book Ra’s al Ghul hired Catwoman to steal? And why does this caper lead Batman down memory lane—to his childhood fight against actual Nazis? Witness the Caped Crusader’s first encounter with one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known: Wonder Woman! This epic team-up is brought to you by writers Marc Andreyko (WONDER WOMAN ’77) and Jeff Parker (BATMAN ’66), with fantastic artists David Hahn and Karl Kesel (BATMAN ’66 Meets the Man from U.N.C.L.E.). It’s a time- and space-spanning adventure unlike anything you’ve seen before!
Written by Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko; Art by David Hahn and Karl Kesel; Cover by Michael Allred
JUSTICE LEAGUE/POWER RANGERS #1: Two of comic’s greatest teams team up for the very first time! Something terrible has happened in Angel Grove! When the Command Center is breached and the teleporters are damaged, Zack is flung into another universe, where he’s mistaken for a villain by a mysterious masked vigilante. Can the other Power Rangers get to their friend in time to save him from Batman? Co-published with BOOM! Studios.
Written by Tom Taylor; Art by Stephen Byrne; Cover by Karl Kerschl
THE ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS #1: Don’t miss the start of this new miniseries set in the world of Wonder Woman from writer/actor Kevin Grevioux (New Warriors, Underworld). Years before the birth of Princess Diana, a group of Amazons set out on a globe-spanning quest to find others of their kind, encountering legendary creatures and beings along the way. But their journey soon turns into a rescue mission as two of their own are captured by the legendary Storm Giants of Norse mythology. It’s up to their leader, the stalwart Hessia, to keep them together through the many trials that lie ahead.
Written by Kevin Grevioux; Art and cover by Ryan Benjamin; Variant cover by Yasmine Putri
THE FALL AND RISE OF CAPTAIN ATOM #1: “Blowback” part one! Captain Atom hasn’t been seen or heard from in years—and even if you think you know what happened to him…you’re wrong! But you’re not alone. To this day, no one on Earth—not even the other superheroes—has an inkling of the missing Captain Atom’s true fate. At last, the truth is about to be revealed in a saga that transcends not only the meaning of life and death, but the limits of time and space.
Written by Cary Bates and Greg Weisman; Art by Will Conrad; Cover by Jason Badower
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m ready to start off my New Year right with the continuation of the “Rebirth” stuff since I have enjoyed almost all of it so far. Learning about the new heroes that are using some classic character names should be interesting as well and I am leaning more towards the new Atom and Ray to get started. Since I loved the original Captain Atom series (well, the one that DC did back in the nineties at least) I will be perusing this one AND the Batman ‘66/Wonder Woman ’77 issue. That should be fun since the BM66 stuff was so awesome. I’ll leave the “Superman/Power Rangers” and “Odyssey Of The Amazons” on the shelves first with a decent overview before I hit “pay”. Sometimes the mini-series are best waited for the collected edition. So, what do you readers think? Are you starting your comic book pull list already and making some new picks? Let me know in the comments section below.
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