Sunday, April 13, 2008

Martian Sightings for June, 2008

MAY SHIPPING UPDATE: Martian Manhunter and the Human Flame will both be appearing in DC Universe #0, as they are both featured on George Pérez's cover, and I expect one of them will die ala Countdown to Infinite Crisis' Blue Beetle sacrifice...


Written by Matt Wayne
Art by Carlo Barberi & Bob Petrecca
Cover by Zach Howard
Say goodbye to the League as John Stewart and the Green Lantern Corps. take on a universe-threatening mission. Who is the force behind it all? And who is the traitor within the ranks?
On sale June 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US o Final Issue

The only title to regularly feature the Martian Manhunter was an all-ages Johnny DC media tie-in that is now just as cancelled as the TV show. Also, a Manhunter series began yet again this month, but it is in no way related to our favorite Martian. Swell.

Written by Keith Giffen Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli & Scott
Art by Lee Garbett & Trevor Scott
All good things must pass, and our heroes find out they're on the same side after all. But tensions remain high as the heavy hitters - the JLA, Wildcats, Teen Titans and the Authority - still don't care for each other at all. But they're willing to work together if that's what it takes to save the world. Because with things like Metropolis and Gotham City suddenly showing up on the east coast of the WildStorm Universe's United States of America, or Central City and Keystone City in the midwest, massive damage is occurring on an unprecedented scale. Hate each other as they might, they're forced to work together for the common good.
On sale Juneo 11 o 3 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I fully intended to give this series a pass, as DC has pillaged all WS's major talent, and ran off anyone that might have been unswayed. I never expected the book to stray from the new Meltzer Satellite League, but lo & behold, Giff's on the case with J'Onn J'Onzz in tow. Glad I caught that fact in time to pre-order all the issues to date.

Written by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar
Art by Howard Porter, Oscar Jimenez, Don Hillsman, John Dell, Chip Wallace and others
Cover by Porter & Dell
Relive the legendary 1990s JLA series, written by comics masterminds Grant Morrison (FINAL CRISIS) and Mark Millar (Civil War) with stunning art by Howard Porter and others, in this amazing oversized hardcover collecting JLA #1-9 and SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS #1! The action begins as the JLA reunites to stop the Hyperclan, who have come to Earth posing as a new group of super heroes. But as their true nature comes to light, only the World's Greatest Super Heroes can stop them! Standing side by side, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter take on alien posers and come to realize that Earth needs a protectorate made up of only the mightiest icons!
Advance-solicited; on sale August 20 o 7" x 10.75," 256 pg, FC, $29.99 US

Ah, glory days...

A White Martian only tangentially related to the Martian Manhunter makes two cover appearances this month and a probable interior. The actual Alien Atlas makes two new cover-featured but indefinate interior appearances this month. Thanks so much DC!

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Eddy Barrows & Ruy Jose
Cover by Barrows & Julio Ferreira
It's the final battle against the Terror Titans! With the true nature of the Clock King revealed, how can the Teen Titans possibly hope to prevail? And, when all is said and done, who will still be Teen Titans?
On sale June 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Mark Sable
Art and cover by Ken Lashley & Jonathan Glapion
Vic Stone has sworn that he'll never let anyone undergo the horrific process that transformed him into Cyborg. Now it appears he's on a nationwide rampage taking out S.T.A.R. Labs. Are two teams of Titans enough to stop this madness?
On sale June 18 o 2 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Baltazar & Franco
Art and cover by Baltazar
Watch out as the Tiny Titans East invade the playground! See if Robin keeps his new identity as Nightwing! Find out the hilarity that only comes with knock knock jokes! And the penguins are back, as the boys play Batman for a day!! Another all ages all fun adventure filled issue!
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Prentis Rollins
The epic battle against Mongul begins here, as the true origin of the Black Mercy is revealed! The Green Lantern Corps find itself pitted not only against Mongul to save Sodam and Arisia, but an entire planet made of Black Mercys that seem to be under the control of a quite possibly darker and more disturbing force. This creature the Corps will come to fear is known simply as Mother Mercy - and it has no plans of showing any now or ever.
On sale June 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Grant Morrison
Art and covers by J.G. Jones
Meet Japan's number one pop culture heroes, the Super Young Team and their languid leader, Most Excellent Superbat! Join legendary wrestler Sonny Sumo and super escape artist Mister Miracle as they team to face the offspring of the Anti-Life Equation! See Earth's superheroes mourn one of their oldest allies! Witness costumed criminals sinking to new depths of cowardice and depravity as Libra takes things too far! Uncover the doomsday secrets of the poisoned city of BlŸdhaven! Learn the shocking identity of the prime suspect in the murder of a god! And read on if you dare as Batman becomes the first of Earth's champions to face the Fallen of Apokolips. All this and a spectacular return from the dead...

Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones' multiverse-spanning epic continues with bombshell after bombshell in FINAL CRISIS #2 - "Ticket to Bludhaven"!

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers by J.G. Jones that will ship in approximately 50/50 ratio. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale June 25 o 2 of 7 o 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Note the highlighted text. Lots of clues pointing to Batman, but I still strongly suspect one of those variant covers will feature a Martian Manhunter memorial. As further evidence, ask yourself why the Starlin-written new Rann/Thanagar doesn't have a Martian represented.

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