Oh, Captain Marvel – you absolute cad!
As I’m not getting any of the Future State mini-series, January and February next year are looking to have slim pickings. What does March have for me…?
INFINITE FRONTIER #0
written by SCOTT SNYDER, GEOFF JOHNS, JAMES TYNION IV, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, GEOFFREY THORNE, PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, BECKY CLOONAN, MICHAEL W. CONRAD, JOËLLE JONES, and TIM SHERIDAN
art by JOHN TIMMS, HOWARD PORTER, JOËLLE JONES, JORGE JIMENEZ, ALITHA MARTINZEZ, DAVID MARQUEZ, STEPHEN BYRNE, JAMAL IGLE, DEXTER SOY, RAFA SANDOVAL, ALEX MALEEV, JOHN ROMITA JR., and others
wraparound cover by DAN JURGENS and MIKEL JANÍN
card stock variant cover by JOHN TIMMS
The next phase of the DC Universe begins here! Dark Knights: Death Metal presented the darkest threats of the Multiverse. DC Future State revealed what may lie ahead. Now it’s time to look into the Infinite Frontier of the current-day DC Universe.
In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never expected. In Brazil, a young woman discovers her destiny and her connection to the Amazons. In Belle Reve, Amanda Waller plots an invasion of Arkham Asylum. In the far reaches of space, Mongul dreams of galactic domination, while the Green Lantern Corps hosts a summit of its greatest enemies. At the Hall of Justice, the League joins forces with Black Adam. Beyond the mortal world, Wonder Woman settles into a new role in the godsphere. And somewhere in the DC Universe—it’s the return of Stargirl, in an all-new tale written by Geoff Johns!
Okay, so here we go again – another line-wide reset/reboot/reinvigoration for DC. Anyone taking bets on how long this will last before the next one? The New 52 was 2011; Rebirth was 2016; Infinite Frontier is 2021 – so every five years we’re getting a reset, is that it?
It’s nice to see Ted Kord’s Blue Beetle in the picture, along with Obsidian and Jade, but I feel underwhelmed by this.
CRIME SYNDICATE #1
written by ANDY SCHMIDT
art by KIERAN McKEOWN
backup story art by BRYAN HITCH
cover by JIM CHEUNG
variant cover by SKAN
Spinning out of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the Multiverse is reborn—and Earth-3 with it! In this six-issue miniseries, witness the true origins of the malevolent makers of mayhem known as the Crime Syndicate as a common foe unites them! But how long can alliances last between villains like these?
Also in this issue, it’s the origin of Ultraman in our special backup story drawn by superstar artist Bryan Hitch!
A new multiverse is coming (no surprise there) and we get a new Earth-3 complete with the villains we love to hate in the Crime Syndicate. Sucker as I am for these guys, I will probably get this.
THE SWAMP THING #1
written by RAM V
art and cover by MIKE PERKINS
variant cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
Swamp Thing returns in a new 10-issue series that stars Levi Kamei as the next Guardian of the Green. Unable to control his transformation into the monstrous Swamp Thing, Levi is thrust into the harsh, unforgiving mystery of grisly murders committed by a supernatural desert legend. Levi must revisit past events in his homeland of India and face the deadly reality of a ravenous new villain in order to comprehend what he is truly, and horrifyingly, becoming. A new era of global action and horror blossoms here, and Swamp Thing will be at the root of it!
Looks like Alec Holland doesn’t make it out of DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL and we have a new Swamp Thing. Happy to give this a go as I’ve enjoyed Ram V’s work in the past.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #59
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
backup story written by RAM V
backup story art by XERMANICO
wraparound variant cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
variant cover by KAEL NGU
Writer Brian Michael Bendis reunites with artist David Marquez (Miles Morales, Iron Man, Batman/Superman) for a new, star-studded Justice League featuring Superman, Batman, the Flash, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Hippolyta, new DC powerhouse Naomi, and…is that Black Adam?! Superman is leading the charge to reinvent the Justice League—and at the same time, a new, cosmic-powered threat arrives from Naomi’s homeworld to rule the Earth!
And in the backup story, dark days lie ahead for the new Justice League Dark. Zatanna and John Constantine take a road trip, only to discover horror around the bend as a friend—and sometime foe—is reborn in fire! A legend is destroyed, and another takes a terrible turn, as Merlin reveals the beginning of a new, blood-drenched plot for all humankind. So begins writer Ram V’s new journey into the abyss with the Justice League Dark and artist Xermanico!
Brian Michael Bendis takes over JUSTICE LEAGUE – I heard mostly good things about his stint on Superman and I’ve read some of his AVENGERS stories from a few years ago so I’m expecting solid stories with lots and lots of dialogue.
Sad to see that Justice League Dark loses their own book and becomes a back-up in this title, though.
THE GREEN LANTERN SEASON TWO #12
written by GRANT MORRISON
art and cover by LIAM SHARP
variant cover by LADÖNN
It’s Hal Jordan vs. Hector Hammond, and our Emerald Knight will need to summon all of his willpower to face down the psionic madman. Check out Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s grand finale more than two years in the making! This tale touches on every plot thread from the entire run, and it’s fully charged with fantasy, sci-fi, and Green Lantern lore. Say it with us now, “In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night…”
GREEN LANTERN: SEASON TWO comes to an end . . . and I sort of hope that’s it for Morrison’s run which has seemed, as I find a lot of his stuff, to be full of ideas but so scattershot in execution that it just seems like a mess.
TRUTH & JUSTICE #2
written by BRANDON EASTON
art by JAHNOY LINDSAY
cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
variant cover by RYAN BENJAMIN and RICHARD FRIEND
As DC’s new anthology series continues, prisoners around Metropolis are waking up in their old homes, unaware of how they got there and being accused of escaping from Stryker’s Island. Superman will need to use all of his powers, and his journalistic skills, if he’s going to save the prisoners and get them properly exonerated!
Last month’s solicitations made a big play of this title starring Vixen and the Global Guardians; while I’m interested in the anthology series, I really hope it’s not going to become another vehicle for Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. Let’s have a place with the second tier characters can shine, eh?
And that appears to be it – no AQUAMAN so it looks like that’s finishing just before Future State kicks in. This means as of March, I will be collecting two ongoing series from DC – everything else is one-shots or mini-series. I don’t think the number of ongoings from DC has ever been so low for me.
Of the many things wrong with a lot of the costume redesigns that came out of the New 52, I think Supergirl’s knee-less boots was among the most bizarre.
“Inconceivable! That was half our fleet!”
“Surely we don’t think some omnipotent being snapped his fingers and half our people ceased to exist? HAHAHAHA!”The Moonheads, dealing with a sudden fall in their numbers
FREEDOM FIGHTERS #9
The torture of the captured Human Bomb and Doll Woman continue, while Uncle Sam and Phantom Lady have to moderate their plan of attack due to Black Condor’s actions. Supposedly in Detroit for a covert mission, he ends up leading a full on rebellion against the Nazis with surprising results.
Another good issue that enters into the final arc; it’s going to be a blast between now and #12, the final issue.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #15
Alive to the threat of Circe, Wonder Woman enlists Zatanna and Kent Nelson to help her access the Witchmark powers from last year’s The Witching Hour storyline; that means using Eclipso’s black diamond. Meanwhile Swamp Thing tries to reconnect with the green only to be defeated by Floronic Man, and Man-Bat goes nuts following his encounter with the Otherkind last issue.
Another cracking issue – tons of stuff happening, along with throwaway references to mystical artefacts like the Spear of Destiny and the Ace of Winchesters, and it all looks gorgeous as well.
Billy sets off to try and find the other members of the Shazam! family; Pedro and Eugene are stuck in what appears to be an amalgamation of Oz and Wonderland, while Darla and Freddie are rescued by Tawky Tawny only to end up in the Darklands, just like Billy.
Plagued by delays, this title is still entertaining when it arrives. I couldn’t help but notice it’s taken these seven issues before there’s even a hint that it’s taking place within the main DCU as Mary Marvel plans to head off and find the Justice League to enlist Wonder Woman’s help. The next issue blurb of “Shazam meets… Captain Marvel?!” sounds intriguing.
THE TERRIFICS #20
The Terribles faces of against the Terrifics and win, finding the power source they need to start up their time machine. They need more, however, which means a threat to Phantom Girl’s home planet, but before that, the Terrifics have to contend with being warped back to the 90s and then the 80s!
Honestly, I’ve never been a fan of Bizarro and the forced backwards speech that always reads inconsistently, but I can ignore than when the rest of this issue is so much fun.
WARLORD OF MARS ATTACKS #4
John Carter finally makes it back to Barsoom, but so do the Moonheads – though half of them promptly vanish thanks to the quantum-flux state of the planet. The remainder are attacked by the Heliumites and the Tharks, led of course by Dejah Thoris and Tars Tarkas, all of which leads to the final confrontation in the next issue.
Still enjoying this – it’s very silly and charges along at a good pace and is clearly having fun with itself.