Looking Ahead at DC Comics in April '09

The DC Comics Solicitation for April 2009 are up at Comic Book Resources and Newsarama. Here's my look:

Written by Mike Grell
Art by Joe Prado & Walden Wong
Cover by Mike Grell
On sale April 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

You have no idea how excited I am about this series. I can't even put into words. The only thing that could make this better is if Mike Grell were drawing it. But I guess we can't have everything. I just hope I don't get let down!! :)

Warlord! Warlord! Warlord! WOO!!

Written by Mike Kunkel
Art and cover by Mike Kunkel
On sale April 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

I absolutely LOVE this series. LOVE it!! I'd be happier if it weren't published on a quarterly schedule, but I'll take what I can get if it keeps being as awesome as it has been!!

Written by Sholly Fisch
Art by Scott Shaw! & Terry Beatty
Cover by J. Bone
On sale April 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US

I've not been a huge fan of this incarnation of the SUPER FRIENDS. It's just so watered down. It reminds me of that SUPERMAN/BATMAN issue, where the cartoon versions of the JLA turn up, and Superman's origin is that his parents sent him to Earth so he wouldn't get wet (since it rained on Krypton all the time). That sums up this take on the SUPER FRIENDS. Weak.

But this looks like a fun issue!! Funny Animals and Scott Shaw! How can you go wrong!!? Plus, Wonder Woman has a Kanga for her super pet!! This might rock!!

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Dale Eaglesham & Nathan Massengill
Covers by Alex Ross
On sale April 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Kinda sad that Geoff Johns is leaving the JSA. But it might be alright. I'm actually complaining here more than not...

In order to get the complete cover (which would have rocked as a gatefold), you have to buy 3 copies of the same book!! WTF? Good thing there's not a recession going on...

And where is Hippolyta? They have Jack Knight, Superman-22 and robot-Hourman. Where's the JSA's Wonder Woman!!!?? Alex Ross sucks.

I'm kinda glad that DC Comics, like comics in general, is getting away from the objectifying of women.



Cover by Guillem March | Cover by Joshua Middleton

Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to both these books, but come on! At least the artwork is good. It would be worse if they'd been done by sloppy amateurs, like most covers of this type are.

But, come on!

Written by Geoff Johns
Art and covers by Ethan Van Sciver
On sale April 1 • 1 of 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Although I'm not the biggest Ethan Van Sciver fan (I'm more of an Ivan Reis guy), I'm still looking forward to this. If anyone can justify bring Barry back, it's Geoff Johns.

I'm am a little hesitant about it starting off with the death of a speedster, though. Who's it going to be? Jay Garrick, Liberty Belle, Wally West, Zoom? Will they bring Max Mercury back just to whack him? Or will it be some obscure character no one will care about?


Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Fernando Dagnino & Raul Fernandez
Cover by Andrew Robinson (altho it's signed "Eddy Barrows")
On sale April 1 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US

I like this cover, despite Cassie's lack of fashion sense. But the TEEN TITANS has been pretty much sucky lately, I'm not sure I'm excited about this crossover with VIGILANTE.

I'm more curious about the guy in the hoody:

Who is he? Why does he have a Wonder Woman emblem on his arm on the TEEN TITANS ANNUAL and what may be an oxen head or devil's head on the cover of TITANS #12?

Covers by Andrew Robinson
Look! There's Donna! Hi Donna! :-)

Written by E. Nelson Bridwell and Dennis O’Neil
Art by Ric Estrada, Vince Colletta, Ramona Fradon, Bob Smith and Kurt Schaffenberger
Cover by Alex Toth
Advance-solicited; on sale May 27 • 448 pg, B&W, $9.99 US

Now this is my SUPER FRIENDS! This will rock. I wish it was going to be in color. But 448 pages for $10!? I'm so there!!

The cover credit should read "by Alex Toth and Curt Swan," since DC had Swan re-draw Superman's head to conform to their idea of what Superman's face should look like...

Whatever. Not like Alex Toth wasn't a master, or anything...

Written by Gail Simone
Art by Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan
Cover by Aaron Lopresti
On sale April 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I was kinda hoping that the male Wonder Woman would have a more Wonder Woman-esque outfit. But I'm definitely not complaining about his lack of coverage.

Does that make me a hypocrite after complaining about the ORACLE and SUPERGIRL covers? :-P

WONDER WOMAN 1:6 SCALE Deluxe Collector Figure
Advance-solicited; on sale September 16, 2009 * Collector figure * $99.99 US

Ever since DC Direct started the 1:6 figures, I've been waiting for a Wonder Woman. Waiting and dreading, truth be told. And I don't think I was wrong to dread this. I don't care for it. I really don't like the plastic molded hair. The face is so generic, doesn't say Wonder Woman to me at all. The costume is so ill fitting, she looks dumpy in it.

DC should leave Wonder Woman dolls to Mattel. At least they look good. Can I really justify spending $100 on this, when I can get a Wonder Woman Barbie that looks 100 times better for about half that? I love Wonder Woman so much, but...damn.

15" wide x 5" high and has a base measuring approximately 5.5” in diameter.
Advance-solicited; on sale September 16, 2009 * Neon Sign * $89.99 US

I'm pretty sure I won't be spending $90 on this. It's kinda cool. But that's a lot of money to spend on something that I really have no where to display. Plus it's a lot of money that could go to other comics that'll I'd probably get more enjoyment out of.

Of course, if someone were to give it to me as a gift, I'd cherish it!! ;-)




  1. Like I recently blogged, I'm buying less and less comics each month. I'm down to about 5 regular titles plus specials. I just read that prices could be going up to $3.99-$4.99 very soon. If that happens, I may just have to quit altogether. Either that or give up food...

  2. JSA is 32 pages for $2.99
    Flash: Rebirth is 40 pages for $3.99
    and Teen Titans Annual is 48 pages for $4.99
    9 to 10 cents a page - that makes it seem like a bargain!

  3. nice rundown, thanks

    i suspect the red hood kid is red devil, and that in the next few issues his soul-selling thing will be revoked, or his powers stolen/changed

    least thats my guess

    and ya, youre kind of a hypocrite, but its ok i like wonder man's look too

  4. Wow...lots for you to look forward too in April... a lot of what I am looking forward to as well...and some questions.

    First the price increase doesn't suprise me. My friends who get Marvel tell me they are doing or have already raised their prices...so of course DC is to follow.

    So what Super Friend's super pet is the Octopus?? Or is that the villian. I love Wonder Woman but really a Wonder Kangaroo? Is Paradise Island near Australia? She could have had a better super pet...Perhaps a Wonder Horse or even a (well not much cooler) Wonder Dove (of Peace).

    I am so looking forward to the Oracle mini--though not happy about all the Batman titles going away just for Battle of Cowl to go from mini to super mini with it's many offshoots...more money out of my pocket.

    But I am very thrilled about Flash: Rebirth. Though I really don't know Barry Allen that well (I'm a big Wally fan)...I am looking forward to what this could mean for the Flash family.

    When I first saw the cover with the kid in the red hoodie, I thought maybe it was a new Flash...a la the Bart Allen character in Smallville. He wore a red hoodie too, but now I see the Wonder Woman symbols and have to "Wonder" just who that is. I can't buy that it is Red Devil...why would he go with Wonder Woman symbols. He struck out on his own with his new costume (Folsom Street Special) why would he choose someone else's identity? Oh and Yah I am not happy about the Vigilante cross over either...I don't read the title and I really don't need to pick up yet another one.

    Okay I'm done ;) ... for now.

  5. Oh I forgot I had a rhetorical question about the super pets. Why is it the Super Family gets three super pets? and a none-rhetoric...who does Super Monkey belong to, as I assume Krypto is for Superman, Streaky is for Supergirl...

    Okay now I'm done LOL

  6. JSA is my only interest here and I'm not happy Johns will be leaving but since I'm not going to do a damn thing about it this will be my last complaint...for now

    also...Doug...Comics over Food anyday!

    I feel like that is a no brainer! Kinda like bros before ho's HAH


  7. doug - I understand where you're coming from, but I agree with Steven V, comics before food. The price increases will cause me to buy a fewer number, maybe, but comics are my escape from reality. Especially now. I can't see ever giving them up. Not much out there gives me as much enjoyment. But that's me. I've considered going to trades, but sometimes they randomly release a hardcover first, so that's another six months to wait for the next one. I'm far too impatient for that!!

    Cap Elias - I'd go with Red Devil, too. But what's with the obvious double-W on the annual cover?

    NWW - What? Are you new? That's not a Wonder Kangaroo. It's a Kanga. You need to brush up on your Wonder Woman lore!!
    This is a kanga, this is too, not to be confused with Wonder Woman herself, please...
    The octopus could be the villian, or it could be Aquaman's pet, Topo.
    The Superman Family has more Super Pets, because the Superman Family of writers loved writing them and the other heroes' writers had other things to write about.


  8. LOL...your funny! No to be honest I have never heard of Kanga, Wonder Woman's kangaroo before. I asked a friend about this after I sent my comments along...So that is very interesting...strange but interesting.

    I had forgotten about Topo...that could be too. Well thanks for shedding some light.

  9. Yeah, I'm funny. Looking. You gotta point? Besides the one on your head? :-P

    LOL, sorry, I'm so tired, I may be losing my mind!!

    And as far as I know, it's name isn't Kanga...a kanga is what it is. It looks like a kangaroo, but it's a Paradise Island version. I think they're kind of a kangaroo/horse mix. But I could be talking out my ass.

  10. LOL...well there's a trick...not the kangaroo/horse mix...but the talking out of your ass part ;)

    Okay...maybe the next time I post I will actually sound intelligent.

  11. Heh. I had a little laugh at your "Look! There's Donna! Hi Donna! :-)" I thought I was the only one who would say that, lol.

  12. NWW - You should see the looks I get when I'm doing it!

    Chris - You obviously do not begin to comprehend the depths of my obsession. My love for Donna knows no bounds.

    And the funny part is: I don't even know why! LOL! But I just completely and totally love Donna Troy. You can't imagine what I went through after the Graduation Day massacre...