Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tenative DCBS Shipment for November

And here's the list of what I think will be arriving from DCBS some time between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3, along with a few pre-arival comments:

52 Aftermath The Four Horsemen #4
Action Comics #859
All New Atom #17
All Star Superman #9
Amazing Spider-Girl #14
Angel After The Fall #1
Annihilation Conquest #1
Annihilation Conquest Star Lord #4
Archibald Saves Christmas #1
I am a sucker for Christmas comic books. I used to love the oversized Christmas reprints DC and Marvel used to release in the seventies. Not that this is in the same vein, but it does have "Christmas" in the title.

Astonishing X-Men #23
Atomic Robo #2
Avengers Initiative #7
Back Issue #25
Batman and the Outsiders ##1-2
I'm still concerned that after the remarkable rehabilitation of Batman's persona post-Infinite Crisis/52, this title is a harbinger that Bat-jerk is still hovering around, ready to reappear permanently, which, of course, means I'll be dropping all mainstream Bat-titles again, for another eighteen years, if necessary.

Batman Strikes #39
Birds of Prey #112
Black Panther #32
Booster Gold #4
BPRD Killing Ground #4
Brave and The Bold #8
Anyone who doesn't appreciate what a better place the DCU is post-Infinite Crisis and the return of the multiverse need only read this title and Booster Gold. If you still don't appreciate it, go away because you'll never appreciate that at its most basic, the DCU is a science fantasy universe where "reality" is really an uncomfortable fit.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #8
Captain America #32
Captain Carrot and the Final Ark #2
Countdown Lord Havok and the Extremists #2
Countdown Search For Ray Palmer Gotham By Gaslight #1
Countdown Search For Ray Palmer Red Rain #1
Countdown To Adventure #4
Countdown To Final Crisis ##25-22
Countdown To Mystery #3
Crime Bible The Five Lessons of Blood #2
Daredevil #102
Death of the New Gods #3
Doc Frankenstein #6
Drafted #3
Very good comic book, dealing with an alien invasion of Earth, the twist being that the invasion is for the purpose of drafting everyone on the planet into a military force so that humans can defend themselves from a worse threat.

Ex Machina #32
Delays are hurting this book, and I don't generally care if a comic is delayed, to the point that I want to know how many issues Brian K. Vaughn envisions his story running.

Fables #67
Fantastic Four #551
I know it isn't sound business sense, but if I were running Marvel, I'd rather that Dwayne McDuffie were writing a Fantastic Four comic book that honestly reflects the team rather than giving control of the book to Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch. The latter pair will ensure that the book sells well, gaining new readers, but I'd rather those new readers were introduced to the traditional MU Fantastic Four, rather than a FF driven by the beats found in a action movie.

Fantastic Four Omnibus, vol. 1
Fearless #1
Flash #234
Franklin Richards Fall Football Fiasco
Yes! Another issue coming right on the heels of the Halloween issue. Too bad there isn't going to be a Christmas issue.

Futurama Comics #34
Godland #20
Goon Chinatown
Gotham Underground #2
Green Lantern Corps #18
Groo Hell On Earth ##1-2
Hellboy Darkness Calls #6
Heroes For Hire #15
Infinity Inc #3
Iron Man Power Pack #1
Jack of Fables #17
JLA Classified #47
JSA Classified #32
Justice League Unlimited #39
Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century #8
Lobster Johnson The Iron Prometheus #3
Lucha Libre #2
The last issue I'm ordering. Like I'd written earlier, I thought the first issue was too long, packed with stories I didn't care about, other than the lead. If this had just featured the lead story at a lower cover price, I'd have continued, but as it is, I can't justify it.

Madman Atomic Comics #5
Maintenance #6
Marvel Adventures Avengers #18
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #30
Marvel Adventures Hulk #5
Marvel Adventures Iron Man #7
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #33
Marvel Comics Presents #3
Men Of Mystery #69
Metal Men #4
Metamorpho Year One ##3-4
I was concerned that the changes to Metamorpho's origin would fall into the category of "changes for their own sake." I was pleasantly surprised that the changes aren't so severe, it does explain how Rex Mason makes a living when penny-pinching Simon Stagg. For this series, it looks like "Year One" is going to refer to the origin story alone, which is kind of a shame because I wouldn't mind seeing Metamorpho in straight stories without an origin hook.

Midknight #1
Moonstone's Holiday Super Spectacular
I don't read any Moonstone comics, primarily because the cover prices are too high. Yet here I am getting this, but what can I say other then that I am a sucker for holiday/Christmas comic books.

Ms Marvel #21
New Avengers #36
New Avengers Illuminati #5
I wrote it before and I'll probably write it again: When it comes to mainstream super-hero comic books, Bendis's greatest strength is that he writes a great illusion of action. The trouble is, once you catch on to that, the comics he writes are kind of dull. Is it wrong of me to be glad that this is the late issue of this book?

Nova #8
Powers #27
Previews, Vol. XVII #12
PS238 #27
PVP #36
Salvation Run #1
Savage Dragon #13
Shadowpact #19
Shazam Ser 1 Action Figure Assortment
When it comes to DC Direct, one of its more annoying policies is multiple editions of the same character, but such a policy is made even more devious by usually ensuring that each succeeding version be more than a re-paint, but a whole new sculpt, one that is much better than the previous. That's how they got me with Green Lantern, as any version had to be better than the one that was released in the "Hard Travelling Heroes" wave. I actually liked the original Captain Marvel/Billy Batson set DCD released years ago enough that I skipped subsequent versions. However, with this set, which includes Maru Marvel, Junior, and Sivana (with Mr. Mind), I just gave up and bought the Captain Marvel figure, too, especially since I was buying a new Billy Batson just to get the Hoppy, the Marvel Bunny figure. You think me a fool? Look at this picture and tell me you could skip out on owning a Hoppy? Besides, he is a fit companion for my plastic Legion of Super-Pets I am gathering, the members so far being Krypto, Ace, Beppo, and Streaky.

Simpsons Comics #136
Simpsons Winter Wingding #2
Another hoilday-centric comic book. If only DC would see the logic in reprinting the complete Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer in a nice trade at kid-present-friendly prices. And, once it does see the logic, pays the licensing fee, and reprints Rudolph, I want them to put a Scooby-Doo/Batman team-up one-shor on the schedule, a sequel to the time the two met on The Scooby-Doo Movies. What is the point in having the same owner if co-owned properties can't meet occasionally (and, hopefully, meet in a more entertaining way than the way the Superman & Bugs Bunny mini-series played out. However, if there ever was a mini-series deserving of reprinting in a perpetually available format for kids, it is Superman & Bugs Bunny.

Spirit #11
Supergirl #23
Supergirl and the Legion of Super Heroes #36
Superman #670
Superman Annual #13
Superman Batman #43
Super-Villain Team-Up Modok’s 11 #5
Teen Titans #53
Teen Titans Go! #49
I'm not saying that it is because of my complaining, but the good news is that this title isn't canceled. Now, all we need is a similar reprieve for Justice League Unlimited.

The Order #4
Ultimate Fantastic Four #48
Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #3
Welcome To Tranquility #12
Will Eisner’s Spirit Archives, Vol. 23
Wonder Woman #14
Y The Last Man #59