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Well, the full solicitations for all of the DCU titles in September have now been released, with full creative teams and everything. Flipping through them, there are a few surprises, both pleasant and otherwise.



The Gods walk among us. To them, our lives are playthings. Only one woman would dare to protect humanity from the wrath of such strange and powerful forces. But is she one of us – or one of them?

It's Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, so I'm on the fence. On the one hand, they gave us the Dr. Thirteen story in Tales of the Unexpected. On the other hand, Azzarello wrote Superman: For Tomorrow.



The all-seeing Brother Eye satellite has unleashed a new beast upon the DC Universe in this smashing new series! Kevin Kho has become an unwilling participant in a war between Checkmate and Brother Eye as he is transformed into the One Machine Army Corp known only as O.M.A.C.!

I really liked Giffen's Doom Patrol. On its strength, I would have said I'd give whatever his next project is a shot, but there being a co-writer here has me wary. A google search tells me this other guy was apparently a story editor/writer on the third season of the TV show ReBoot? Wow, what a bizarre choice.

Anyway, glad they've gone back to the original OMAC acronym (or something close to it), instead of using that boring technobabble new one.



The one and only Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read! This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe!

Morrison on Superman. C'mon, this one's a no-brainer for purchase.



DEMON KNIGHTS #1

Written by PAUL CORNELL

Art by DIOGENES NEVES and OCLAIR ALBERT

Cover by TONY S. DANIEL

On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Set in the Dark Ages of the DC Universe, a barbarian horde is massing to crush civilization. It’s fallen to Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood, the man with a monster inside him, to stand in their way – though the demon Etrigan has no interest in protecting anyone or anything other than himself! It’ll take more than their own power to stop an army fueled by bloodlust and dark sorcery, and some very surprising heroes – and villains – will have no choice but to join the fray!


Normally, the premise would do nothing for me, but Paul Cornell on writing chores intrigues me, especially after he compared it to The Magnificient/Samurai Seven and A Game of Thrones in interview.

Then I saw that cover and became wary again.

Then I noticed the artist's signature and realized it was drawn by Tony Daniel, not the interior artist, and I breathed a sigh of relief.

Also, if nothing else, I'm curious who the team members are going to be.



THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1

Written by ETHAN VAN SCIVER and GAIL SIMONE

Art by YILDIRAY CINAR

Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER

On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond. These two high school students are worlds apart – and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super-science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. The dark secrets of the murderous Dog Team and its Firestorm Protocol force them to put aside their differences to confront a threat so terrifying that it may lead to a new Cold War! Welcome to a major new vision of nuclear terror from writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with astonishing art by Yildiray Cinar!


The stuff going on behind the scenes with this one is weird. Apparently, Atomic Robo's Brian Clevinger was attached to write for a while. There's an interview online where he talks about it.

http://firestormfan.com/2011/06/03/brian-clevinger-interview:

BC: I had a detailed outline for five issues with six options for where to take the sixth issue to lead in to the next storyline along with notes on how each of those options could tie into the others to create about two years worth of story lines.

I finished the full script for the first issue and the outline for the second by the time I got the news that the book was given to someone else. No artwork was completed.


And...

FF: Can you tell us why you won’t be writing Firestorm?

BC: I honestly don’t know.


And then you have Simone saying on twitter that they offered her the book five times before she accepted. Just what the hell is going on with this book?

Still, all the talk about super-science is hopeful, considering that she wrote the All-New Atom. This series could potentially bring some of that series' slick insanity in, only this time without the awful ickiness of an Asian hero whose power is to become small.



BATWING #1

Written by JUDD WINICK

Art and cover by BEN OLIVER

On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Africa, a land of beauty – and of great horror. A land of creation and conflict. It is in desperate need of a defender, and from the ranks of Batman Incorporated comes a soldier to carry on the legacy of The Dark Knight in the most tumultuous region on Earth. Meet Batwing, the Batman of Africa!


Does anyone else think the biggest obstacle to this series' sales success won't be that he's a fairly new character, won't be that he's a person of color, but be that it stars a foreigner living in his foreign country? In the past, superhero series matching that description never sold well. The only exception I can think of is Alpha Flight, but Canada's much more similar to the U.S. than most countries.



ANIMAL MAN #1

Written by JEFF LEMIRE

Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN and DAN GREEN

Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN

On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist).


Sounds like they're keeping his family in the foreground, which is very heartening. How good a writer is Lemire? I haven't read enough to judge.



FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #1

Written by JEFF LEMIRE

Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI

Cover by J.G. JONES

On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

It’s Frankenstein as you’ve never seen him before, in a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Alberto Ponticelli (UNKNOWN SOLDIER)!

Frankenstein is part of a network of strange beings who work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive! But can he protect the world from threats even more horrifying than himself? And since he’s vilified for who and what he is, will he even want to take on this mission?


I don't get all the love for this guy. I enjoyed the Morrison mini-series, but more for the plot than the character, who I thought demonstrated the least potential out of all the Seven Soldiers. Seriously, all the guy does is go around killing bad guys.



ALL-STAR WESTERN #1

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art and cover by MORITAT

On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+

Even when Gotham City was just a one-horse town, crime was rampant – and things only get worse when bounty hunter Jonah Hex comes to town. Can Amadeus Arkham, a pioneer in criminal psychology, enlist Hex’s special brand of justice to help the Gotham Police Department track down a vicious serial killer? Find out in this new series from HEX writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, with lush artwork by Moritat (THE SPIRIT)!


Huh. You know, that's actually a really clever move. They've found a way to attract the superhero readers but without compromising the Hex-ness of the series. Kudos to whoever thought of it.



JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1

Written by PETER MILLIGAN

Art by MIKEL JANIN

Cover by RYAN SOOK

On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing forces that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. And if those heroes can’t handle the job, who will stand against this mystical madness?

Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat?


Doesn't this mean Milligan will be simultaneously writing the Vertigo Constantine and the DC Universe one? Won't that be really weird for him, switching back and forth between the two?

Nice line-up of characters. (Looks like Zatanna's finally confirmed.) Who wants to bet the Enchantress eventually joins up, too? You don't normally include a non-cast member on the cover of the first issue.



LEGION LOST #1

Written by FABIAN NICIEZA

Art and cover by PETE WOODS

On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Seven heroes from the 31st century have traveled back to the present day. Their mission: Save their future from annihilation. But when the future tech they brought with them fails, they find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world that, for them, is the ultimate struggle to survive!

Don’t miss the start of this all-new LEGION series illustrated by Pete Woods – fresh off his spectacular run on ACTION COMICS – who is joined by writer Fabian Nicieza (RED ROBIN)!


What's this? A Legion team that actually looks like the group of disparate aliens it is instead of a bunch of kids from the valley? How did that happen?

Honestly, I feel that DC's version of the 31st century is starting to feel kind of outdated, starting to really show that much of it was first invented in earlier decades, so I don't mind the modern day setting at all.



RESURRECTION MAN #1

Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING

Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO

Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

It’s the return of Mitch Shelly – and he’s still dead.

Resurrection Man can’t stay dead for long, though – and with each rebirth comes new and unexpected powers. But his many returns have not gone unnoticed, and forces are gathering to learn what’s so special about him – and to see which of them will finally stop Resurrection Man dead.


I suppose it's only fitting that this guy gets a second shot.



SUPERMAN #1

Written by GEORGE PEREZ

Breakdowns and cover by GEORGE PEREZ

Art by JESUS MERINO

On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis – one that he somehow is the cause of!


What's the difference between breakdowns and layouts, or are they the same thing? In any case, good news. Everyone always goes gaga over Perez's ability to fit lots of characters into the pages, but I think his visual storytelling chops get overlooked. The guy's knack for composition goes really underappreaciated, and it's amazing.

Also, the last time they hired Perez to write the relaunch one of their major icons in the wake of a reboot, he produced a very well-received run, as some might recall. Dare we hope lightning strikes twice?



STORMWATCH #1

Written by PAUL CORNELL

Art and cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA

On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

They are Stormwatch, a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world. Directly following the ominous events of SUPERMAN #1, Adam One leads half the Stormwatch team to recover the [INFORMATION REDACTED] from deep in the Himalayas. Meanwhile, Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the Stormwatch crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo! And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds…


Probably the title I'm looking forward to the most, only edging out Action Comics because I've already seen Morrison do a definitive take on Superman, so it's not as novel.

I don't know about the Superman #1 tie-in, though; I was really hoping DC would minimize the focus on the shared universe concept, let each book stand as its own thing.



SWAMP THING #1

Written by SCOTT SNYDER

Art and cover by YANICK PAQUETTE

On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

One of the world’s most iconic characters has returned to the heart of the DC Universe, and every step he takes will shake the foundations of the Earth!

Alec Holland has his life back…but the Green has plans for it. A monstrous evil is rising in the desert, and it’ll take a monster of another kind to defend life as we know it!


Disappointed that they're apparently keeping Geoff John's reversion where Swamp Thing's back to being Holland. Still, Scott Snyder? Yanick Paquette? Sold. I could stare at that cover for hours.Well, the full solicitations for all of the DCU titles in September have now been released, with full creative teams and everything. Flipping through them, there are a few surprises, both pleasant and otherwise.



The Gods walk among us. To them, our lives are playthings. Only one woman would dare to protect humanity from the wrath of such strange and powerful forces. But is she one of us – or one of them?

It's Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, so I'm on the fence. On the one hand, they gave us the Dr. Thirteen story in Tales of the Unexpected. On the other hand, Azzarello wrote Superman: For Tomorrow.



The all-seeing Brother Eye satellite has unleashed a new beast upon the DC Universe in this smashing new series! Kevin Kho has become an unwilling participant in a war between Checkmate and Brother Eye as he is transformed into the One Machine Army Corp known only as O.M.A.C.!

I really liked Giffen's Doom Patrol. On its strength, I would have said I'd give whatever his next project is a shot, but there being a co-writer here has me wary. A google search tells me this other guy was apparently a story editor/writer on the third season of the TV show ReBoot? Wow, what a bizarre choice.

Anyway, glad they've gone back to the original OMAC acronym (or something close to it), instead of using that boring technobabble new one.



The one and only Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read! This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe!

Morrison on Superman. C'mon, this one's a no-brainer for purchase.



DEMON KNIGHTS #1

Written by PAUL CORNELL

Art by DIOGENES NEVES and OCLAIR ALBERT

Cover by TONY S. DANIEL

On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Set in the Dark Ages of the DC Universe, a barbarian horde is massing to crush civilization. It’s fallen to Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood, the man with a monster inside him, to stand in their way – though the demon Etrigan has no interest in protecting anyone or anything other than himself! It’ll take more than their own power to stop an army fueled by bloodlust and dark sorcery, and some very surprising heroes – and villains – will have no choice but to join the fray!


Normally, the premise would do nothing for me, but Paul Cornell on writing chores intrigues me, especially after he compared it to The Magnificient/Samurai Seven and A Game of Thrones in interview.

Then I saw that cover and became wary again.

Then I noticed the artist's signature and realized it was drawn by Tony Daniel, not the interior artist, and I breathed a sigh of relief.

Also, if nothing else, I'm curious who the team members are going to be.



THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1

Written by ETHAN VAN SCIVER and GAIL SIMONE

Art by YILDIRAY CINAR

Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER

On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond. These two high school students are worlds apart – and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super-science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. The dark secrets of the murderous Dog Team and its Firestorm Protocol force them to put aside their differences to confront a threat so terrifying that it may lead to a new Cold War! Welcome to a major new vision of nuclear terror from writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with astonishing art by Yildiray Cinar!


The stuff going on behind the scenes with this one is weird. Apparently, Atomic Robo's Brian Clevinger was attached to write for a while. There's an interview online where he talks about it.

http://firestormfan.com/2011/06/03/brian-clevinger-interview:

BC: I had a detailed outline for five issues with six options for where to take the sixth issue to lead in to the next storyline along with notes on how each of those options could tie into the others to create about two years worth of story lines.

I finished the full script for the first issue and the outline for the second by the time I got the news that the book was given to someone else. No artwork was completed.


And...

FF: Can you tell us why you won’t be writing Firestorm?

BC: I honestly don’t know.


And then you have Simone saying on twitter that they offered her the book five times before she accepted. Just what the hell is going on with this book?

Still, all the talk about super-science is hopeful, considering that she wrote the All-New Atom. This series could potentially bring some of that series' slick insanity in, only this time without the awful ickiness of an Asian hero whose power is to become small.



BATWING #1

Written by JUDD WINICK

Art and cover by BEN OLIVER

On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Africa, a land of beauty – and of great horror. A land of creation and conflict. It is in desperate need of a defender, and from the ranks of Batman Incorporated comes a soldier to carry on the legacy of The Dark Knight in the most tumultuous region on Earth. Meet Batwing, the Batman of Africa!


Does anyone else think the biggest obstacle to this series' sales success won't be that he's a fairly new character, won't be that he's a person of color, but be that it stars a foreigner living in his foreign country? In the past, superhero series matching that description never sold well. The only exception I can think of is Alpha Flight, but Canada's much more similar to the U.S. than most countries.



ANIMAL MAN #1

Written by JEFF LEMIRE

Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN and DAN GREEN

Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN

On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist).


Sounds like they're keeping his family in the foreground, which is very heartening. How good a writer is Lemire? I haven't read enough to judge.



FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #1

Written by JEFF LEMIRE

Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI

Cover by J.G. JONES

On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

It’s Frankenstein as you’ve never seen him before, in a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Alberto Ponticelli (UNKNOWN SOLDIER)!

Frankenstein is part of a network of strange beings who work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive! But can he protect the world from threats even more horrifying than himself? And since he’s vilified for who and what he is, will he even want to take on this mission?


I don't get all the love for this guy. I enjoyed the Morrison mini-series, but more for the plot than the character, who I thought demonstrated the least potential out of all the Seven Soldiers. Seriously, all the guy does is go around killing bad guys.



ALL-STAR WESTERN #1

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art and cover by MORITAT

On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+

Even when Gotham City was just a one-horse town, crime was rampant – and things only get worse when bounty hunter Jonah Hex comes to town. Can Amadeus Arkham, a pioneer in criminal psychology, enlist Hex’s special brand of justice to help the Gotham Police Department track down a vicious serial killer? Find out in this new series from HEX writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, with lush artwork by Moritat (THE SPIRIT)!


Huh. You know, that's actually a really clever move. They've found a way to attract the superhero readers but without compromising the Hex-ness of the series. Kudos to whoever thought of it.



JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1

Written by PETER MILLIGAN

Art by MIKEL JANIN

Cover by RYAN SOOK

On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing forces that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. And if those heroes can’t handle the job, who will stand against this mystical madness?

Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat?


Doesn't this mean Milligan will be simultaneously writing the Vertigo Constantine and the DC Universe one? Won't that be really weird for him, switching back and forth between the two?

Nice line-up of characters. (Looks like Zatanna's finally confirmed.) Who wants to bet the Enchantress eventually joins up, too? You don't normally include a non-cast member on the cover of the first issue.



LEGION LOST #1

Written by FABIAN NICIEZA

Art and cover by PETE WOODS

On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Seven heroes from the 31st century have traveled back to the present day. Their mission: Save their future from annihilation. But when the future tech they brought with them fails, they find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world that, for them, is the ultimate struggle to survive!

Don’t miss the start of this all-new LEGION series illustrated by Pete Woods – fresh off his spectacular run on ACTION COMICS – who is joined by writer Fabian Nicieza (RED ROBIN)!


What's this? A Legion team that actually looks like the group of disparate aliens it is instead of a bunch of kids from the valley? How did that happen?

Honestly, I feel that DC's version of the 31st century is starting to feel kind of outdated, starting to really show that much of it was first invented in earlier decades, so I don't mind the modern day setting at all.



RESURRECTION MAN #1

Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING

Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO

Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

It’s the return of Mitch Shelly – and he’s still dead.

Resurrection Man can’t stay dead for long, though – and with each rebirth comes new and unexpected powers. But his many returns have not gone unnoticed, and forces are gathering to learn what’s so special about him – and to see which of them will finally stop Resurrection Man dead.


I suppose it's only fitting that this guy gets a second shot.



SUPERMAN #1

Written by GEORGE PEREZ

Breakdowns and cover by GEORGE PEREZ

Art by JESUS MERINO

On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis – one that he somehow is the cause of!


What's the difference between breakdowns and layouts, or are they the same thing? In any case, good news. Everyone always goes gaga over Perez's ability to fit lots of characters into the pages, but I think his visual storytelling chops get overlooked. The guy's knack for composition goes really underappreaciated, and it's amazing.

Also, the last time they hired Perez to write the relaunch one of their major icons in the wake of a reboot, he produced a very well-received run, as some might recall. Dare we hope lightning strikes twice?



STORMWATCH #1

Written by PAUL CORNELL

Art and cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA

On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

They are Stormwatch, a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world. Directly following the ominous events of SUPERMAN #1, Adam One leads half the Stormwatch team to recover the [INFORMATION REDACTED] from deep in the Himalayas. Meanwhile, Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the Stormwatch crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo! And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds…


Probably the title I'm looking forward to the most, only edging out Action Comics because I've already seen Morrison do a definitive take on Superman, so it's not as novel.

I don't know about the Superman #1 tie-in, though; I was really hoping DC would minimize the focus on the shared universe concept, let each book stand as its own thing.



SWAMP THING #1

Written by SCOTT SNYDER

Art and cover by YANICK PAQUETTE

On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

One of the world’s most iconic characters has returned to the heart of the DC Universe, and every step he takes will shake the foundations of the Earth!

Alec Holland has his life back…but the Green has plans for it. A monstrous evil is rising in the desert, and it’ll take a monster of another kind to defend life as we know it!


Disappointed that they're apparently keeping Geoff John's reversion where Swamp Thing's back to being Holland. Still, Scott Snyder? Yanick Paquette? Sold. I could stare at that cover for hours.
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