October 2020 Solicitations

Hey look at that, a post which isn’t a Mash-Up.

Still crazy busy in work, still struggling to move house but decided to switch things up and actually write about something for a change: October’s solicitations.

Over at DC we have . . .

RORSCHACH #1

It’s been 35 years since Ozymandias dropped a giant interdimensional squid on New York City, killing thousands and destroying the public’s trust in heroes once and for all. And since that time, one figure in a fedora, mask, and trenchcoat has become a divisive culture icon.

Nope – big, hard pass from me here due to it being written by Tom King. Everyone raved about his OMEGA MEN but I still have issues over Kyle Rayner suddenly becoming a devout Catholic, and the less said about HEROES IN CRISIS the better.

BATMAN: THREE JOKERS #3

The final chapter of the most terrifying and personal Batman mystery is here!

Still reeling from their last encounter with the three Jokers, Batman, Batgirl, and Red Hood discover the terrible truth about the Three Jokers’ plot. Will the caped crusaders have the strength needed to put an end to the maniacal menaces’ master plan once and for all, or will it be lights out for good?

The first issue hasn’t hit yet, but I have to admit to being really interested in this. I like Johns’s work on the whole and with Jason Fabok channelling his inner Brian Bolland, I can’t wait for this.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #25

The Justice League’s intergalactic team of Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, Orion of the New Gods, Red Lantern Dex-Starr, and New Teen Titans Starfire and Cyborg make a final stand against Darkseid in a battle that reshapes the cosmic landscape across every sector of space!

The final issue of this series – honestly, it lasted longer than I think most people expected. A mostly pretty good, self-contained title helmed for the most part by Dan Abnett.

Over at Image Comics . . .

COMMANDERS IN CRISIS #1

The last survivors of the Multiverse live among us under new, superheroic identities, five survivors of doomed worlds…taking a second chance to ensure our world lives on. A new twist on strange superhero comics, with a bleeding-edge eye on the modern moment, COMMANDERS IN CRISIS follows in the footsteps of Doom Patrol and Thunderbolts as five unexpected heroes come together to solve a murder unlike any other. The victim? Compassion itself…This is ideacide!

I liked Steve Orlando’s run on JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA a few years back so am willing to give this a punt

Over at Dark Horse . . .

COLONEL WEIRD: COSMAGOG #1

Wacky space adventurer Colonel Randall Weird leaves Black Hammer farm and embarks on a strange journey through space and time for something that he’s long forgotten with his sanity and life at stake!

Delayed by the coronavirus lock-down, I’m glad to see this mini-series tied with the BLACK HAMMER universe is finally getting released.

That’s it for new series/ones that are finishing that I’m interested in. There’s a ton of DEATH METAL tie ins which I’m just not bothering with; the one exception is September’s multiversal themed one-shot which I’m picking up but apart from that it just doesn’t grab me.

Oh and while it’s not a solicitation as such, there was this in the horrible, clunky, digital only DC Connect catalogue:

I wonder if this is what Robert Venditti left JUSTICE LEAGUE to write?

3 thoughts on “October 2020 Solicitations

  1. Definitely checking out the 3 Jokers to see if it’s worth all the hype and time delays. It damn well better be, but we’ll see.

    Count me in for the Colonel Weird mini as well. I really enjoy the Black Hammer verse and what Lemire’s done to flesh it out with each outing. Damn good stuff.
    Fuck that Rorschach mini and Fuck Tom King! Why, WHY is DC is obsessed with giving Alan Moore the finger with shit like this? I swear, they have such a hard on to screw him over again and again by reminding him how they lied to his face about giving him the publishing rights to Watchmen only to renege bigger than hell once it proved to be profitable.

    Anywho, I am reading his Adam Strange series out of morbid curiosity to see just how bad he intends to fuck up Adam and Alanna. So far Alanna’s being portrayed as a manipulative spouse and Strange may or may not have committed war crimes on Rann while defending it.

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    1. WHY is DC is obsessed with giving Alan Moore the finger with shit like this?

      I assume it just boils down to money. As repugnant a character Rorschach is, he’s got a cool look and, I think, taps in to part of the reason superheroes are so successful: he acts without remorse or compromise, not caring what anyone thinks, nor about the repercussions of his actions. In the mostly realistic world of WATCHMEN, he’s behaving like a superhero in that sense and, from a reader’s identifying point of view, that’s appealing.

      Not sure I explained my thoughts clearly there but Rorschach’s cool and cool sells, no matter how horrible the actual character may be.

      And yeah, no way was I touching the Adam Strange series. The solicitation on the first issue about breaking him apart and war crimes (and Tom King writing) just left me cold.

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      1. Money, yeah, I mean DC knows anything with the Watchmen sells, but they also use just about anything that he’s done and bastardize it in the hopes of squeezing more money out if it I guess. I feel bad for him because it’s a legit great piece of work, but at the same time, at one time, unless he’s made peace with what DC’s done, he grew to hate it.

        Well, like I said, I’m morbidly curious as to how bad he wrecks Strange and his family. I’ll give it another issue or two and see if it’s worth continuing to watch that particular car crash unfold.

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