Wednesday, January 16, 2008

March '08 Martian Sightings (1 of 2)

Better late than never, hopefully. Plus, this month was so weighted with goodness, it broke in two...

Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art by Cooke, J. Bone & David Bullock
Cover by Cooke
Celebrating the DVD release of the New Frontier comes this collection of never before seen stories including "New Frontier: The Lost Chapter," with script and art by Darwyn Cooke! This tale provides a first-hand look at Faraday's quest to outlaw masked vigilantes, culminating with the day Superman goes to Gotham to bring down Batman. Also included are two back-up stories featuring Wonder Woman, Black Canary, Sgt. Rock and others, as well as behind-the-scenes bonus material from the movie!
On sale March 5 o FC, 48 pgs, no ads, $4.99 US

I'm really looking forward to this one. I hope we get to see more of the Faraday/J'onzz friendship. More John Henry is a must! No mention of Catwoman, but I hope her proposed team-up short with Canary shows up here. People who bought the Absolute Edition have got to be ticked, though, since you just know DC will inevitably double-dip with this material.

Written by Roger Stern
Art by John Byrne & Mark Farmer
Cover by Josh Middleton
Concluding the 5-part "That was Now, This is Then"! The JLA finally figure out how to defeat the threat before them…and bring closure to this reopened chapter from their early years!
On sale March 12 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o Final Issue

A real shame to see this title go, but it was something of an artifact of the Morrison era, now bygone, blast it! Ten years, people... TEN YEARS!) But hey, Stern & Byrne, what a way to go.

Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Christopher Jones & Dan Davis
Cover by Jones
An untold tale of the Justice League by 52's Keith Giffen! Meet the early Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, who want to join the League - because that's where the big money is! They have much to learn…
On sale March 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Yeah, this one is coming home, too. Giffen, y'know?

Written by Greg Rucka & Eric Trautmann
Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson
Cover by Kalman Andrasovfsky
As the edges of Kobra's plot are discovered, the scale and the stakes continue to rise, jeopardizing millions of innocent lives around the planet. But is this all cover for something far more terrifying - something that even the biggest powers of the DCU may be powerless to stop?
On sale March 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

J'Onn is still in this title, right? The concept is there, but after reading the first trade, the execution left me cold.

Note: Per (much) later comment, "Hi. Nice blog. But I just checked your Martian Sightings and in the Sightings for March I see Checkmate #24. He is not in that book any more since #21 where Waller got fired. So I guess you have not looked into the other doings of Amanda Waller, like Salvation Run? Confirmed Martian Sightings in #3 and #5. He is in a lot of trouble right now."

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