Coming Attractions 01/30/13

In this feature I’ll highlight the upcoming comics that I’m looking forward to the most:

Batman: The Dark Knight #16
Batman The Dark Knight #16
Creative Team
Gregg Hurwitz and Ethan Van Sciver
Solicitation
“Welcome new series artist Ethan Van Sciver! Do you dare journey into the twisted world of the Mad Hatter? Batman has discovered a trail of bodies but no leads as he realizes that this is unlike any Mad Hatter case he’s seen before.”
Why I’m Looking Forward To It
I welcome you Ethan Van Sciver! With the new artist and the first arc of his focusing on the Mad Hater, this series looks to build on the momentum of the last Scarecrow-centric arc and try to shed the title of being just another superfluous Batman book. This will be the breaking point for this series and one that should push it in a positive direction.

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Batman Incorporated #7
Batman Incorporated #7
Creative Team
Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham
Solicitation
“The fight to reclaim Gotham City begins! Batman, Inc., takes the offensive against Talia and Leviathan! It’s Damian vs. Heretic – and if Damian loses, the city dies!”
Why I’m Looking Forward To It
Can this series get any better? After last issue’s heart-breaking death (at least it seemed that way) this book looks to ramp up the quality with each successive issue. Batman Incorporated is nearing its’ conclusion making each entry all the more important and all the more exciting. In Morrison we trust.

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The Flash #16
Flash #16
Creative Team
Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul
Solicitation

“The Flash takes Grodd into the Speed Force in a last-ditch effort to defeat the mad gorilla! And…he loses?! Plus: The Rogues, the introduction of a major villain and a look at the one and only date between Barry Allen and Iris West in The New 52!”
Why I’m Looking Forward To It
Manapul is back on art for the entire issue. That fact alone is cause for excitement but the introduction of a major villain, hopefully the Reverse-Flash, has my anticipation levels exceeding their limits. I can’t wait to see their take on Eobard Thawne, look forward to witnessing this date between Barry and Iris, and am happy that we’ll be seeing more of the Rogues.

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Green Lantern Corps Annual #1
Green Lantern Corps Annual #1
Creative Team
Peter J. Tomasi and ChrisCross
Solicitation
“RISE OF THE THIRD ARMY ends here! Thanks to the Third Army, the Guardians have shut down the Green Lantern Corps! Everything from the GREEN LANTERN comics from the past few months has been building to this. Get ready for a go-for-broke ending, which sets up the next great GREEN LANTERN event!”
Why I’m Looking Forward To It
“Rise of the Third Army” finally ends and we begin to enter the next chapter in the Green Lantern books. I expect this conclusion to deliver one hell of a cliffhanger and can think of countless ways this franchise could go. If they deliver an ending that is half as memorable as the ending of the Sinestro Corps Special they’ll be in good shape.

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Superior Spider-Man #2
Superior Spider-Man #2
Creative Team

Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman
Solicitation
“The All-Now Superior Spider-Man battles All-New Sinister Six! PLUS: Spider-Man and Mary Jane…REUNITED! PLUS: Slott and Stegman… REUNITED!”
Why I’m Looking Forward To It
While I think the solicitation is incorrect in mentioning the Secret Six (unless a new-new-Secret Six forms), the part about Mary-Jane and Spider-Man has my interest piqued. How will Slott handle this? Will there be controversy? “Perfectly” and “probably” are the answers to those two questions. Bring on Issue #2!
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Other Comics I’ll Be Purchasing
Angel and Faith #18
Aquaman #16
Arrow #3
Avengers #4
Batman & Robin Annual #1
Batman Beyond Unlimited #12
Green Hornet #33
Hawkeye #7
Justice League Dark #16
Mara #2
Teen Titans #16
Superman #16
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The final tally stands at DC Comics (11 Issues), Marvel (3 Issues), and Independent (3 Issues). So that’s my Pull List for the week. What’s yours? What comics are you most looking forward to? Comment below!

3 thoughts on “Coming Attractions 01/30/13

  1. I just finished to read Arrow # 2.
    The 1st story and the 2nd one were bitterly disappointing.
    First of all, their connection to Green Arrow was very flebile (2nd story) or even not existant (1st one), in fact in both of them Oliver did not even appear.
    Secondly, even if you don’t consider that they were supposed to star Oliver as the leading character, their plots certainly didn’t have much quality anyway. They didn’t even have a decent ending, in both cases the story got nowhere. How could any editor let a story without a real ending be published?
    The 3rd story redeemed the whole issue. Even in this case the plot was nothing special, but at least it showed Oliver as the leading character, it had the “pulpy noir feel” I love to find in superhero comics and, most of all, it told us a story from the beginning to the end, with a good start, a consistent development and a sensible ending.
    All things considered, I’m very glad I stopped ordering Arrow. I did it merely because I had read that it will get an italian edition, but, after such a disappointing start, I think I would have dropped it anyway.
    Team 7 is another series I’m planning to cut. You are probably thinking “It’s an action packed series, and it’s the only comic book that spares Grifter from oblivion, so why should Wwayne drop it?” The problem is, I love Grifter, I love action packed comics, but I really can’t stand action packed comics without a decent story.
    I love when the leading character shoulders a submachine gun and starts shooting, but I want him to do it for a reason: a hostage to save, a country to free, an act of revenge to commit, and so on. In Team 7, people just shoot and kill for the sake of it, and that’s it. I’m considering dropping it with the 7th issue, because the first story arc ends with that issue, but I’m not 100 % sure I’ll do it yet, because, every time I think about it, I tell myself “Ok, Team 7 is a waste of money and time, but Grifter starring in an awful title is better than Grifter being gone for good. And, if you stop buying Team 7, you’ll drive another nail in his coffin.” What should I do, in your opinion?

    • “All things considered, I’m very glad I stopped ordering Arrow. I did it merely because I had read that it will get an italian edition, but, after such a disappointing start, I think I would have dropped it anyway.”
      The first two issues of Arrow were a disappoint in my mind when compared to the TV show. I usually give a book three chances (unless their first issue has no redeeming qualities) and then I’ll give them the axe. This week Arrow’s third issue came out…and I found it the best of the three. It wasn’t spectacular but it earned it a stave of elimination off my pull-list. If your budget is tight though, you’d be better off spending that money towards Lemire’s (hopefully) great Green Arrow or some other book which is a whole $1 cheaper as well.

      “What should I do, in your opinion?”
      I think sales of that book and Swords of Sorcery are dropping so fast that they’ll be cancelled regardless of what you do. Maybe they’re holding off on getting rid of it until Grfiter moves onto the rumored Wildstorm book. If you’re not enjoying it, drop it and spend you money elsewhere on a book you love more to send DC the message.

      • You’re right about the fact that Team 7 is about to end anyway, and, even if it goes on (something I seriously doubt), I must send DC the message that they are making an awful series.
        I wholeheartedly hope you’re right about the fact that Grifter won’t sink into oblivion along with Team 7, and the rumored Wildstorm book will be his lifeboat. Thank you for your reply! : )

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