A couple days later than I would have preferred, but something near a month earlier than usual come advanced solicitations related to our favorite...
MARTIAN MANHUNTER CLASSIC
DC COMICS CLASSICS LIBRARY: THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA BY GEORGE PEREZ VOL. 2 HC
Advance-solicited • On sale April 28 • 192 pg, FC, $39.99 US
Written by Gerry Conway
Art by George Pérez, Gil Kane, Brian Bolland, Joe Kubert & others
Cover by George Pérez
The second half of the 1980s JLA stories illustrated by George Pérez is collected from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #193-197 and 200. Also includes select covers by Pérez!
I envy those experiencing these issues for the first time and/or those prepared to shell out forty bucks for this sucker. JLofA #200 is an art lovers dream, and features Martian Manhunter vs. Firestorm by Pat Broderick, plus Pérez on flashbacks and an all-inclusive team-up! Hopefully his two page JLA/JSA spread will also be reprinted.
JLA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 3 HC
Advance-solicited • On sale April 28 • 256 pg, FC, 7.0625" x 10.875”, $29.99 US
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Howard Porter, Mark Pajarillo, John Dell & Walden Wong
Cover by Howard Porter & John Dell
The JLA’s very first foe, Starro the Conqueror, returns in this new Deluxe hardcover collecting JLA #22-26, 28-31 and 1,000,000.
A pretty weak collection, but only compared to the grand work Morrison/Porter had already done. Also, Pajarillo's fill-in art was consistently terrible.
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 4 TP
Advance-solicited • On sale March 3 • 192 pg, FC, $17.99 US
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Kevin Maguire, Mike McKone, Bill Willingham & others
Cover by Kevin Maguire & Joe Rubinstein
This new volume collects JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #23-25 and JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #26-30 as the team deals with a captured Thanagarian spacecraft and more.
On the other hand, this trade collects some of the funniest and best drawn issues of this book's run. A must read for the uninitiated, including a great heart-to-heart between J'Onn and Wonder Woman, and Manhunter's worst team-related headache yet! Sadly, the second half, after Maguire's run, skimps on the Alien Atlas and compelling material.
BLACKEST NIGHT #7
On sale February 24 • 7 of 8 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert
Variant cover by Rodolfo Migliari
Sketch variant cover by Ivan Reis
As Nekron continues to wage war on life throughout the universe, Hal Jordan discovers the grim, true mission behind the villain’s return. But the truth is so cosmically abysmal that it threatens to expose a secret that could tear the very universe asunder. You can’t miss this stunning, penultimate issue to the year’s biggest event!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with three covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Rodolfo Migliari). For every 100 copies of the Standard Edition, retailers may order one copy of the Sketch Variant Edition (with a cover by Ivan Reis). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
I don't know the where/if of Black Lantern Martian Manhunter's appearances this month, especially in light of a bunch of blank cover solicitations, so we'll treat the primary book as a catch-all.
The Vile Menagerie
Professor Arnold Hugo
SUPER FRIENDS #24
On sale February 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US
Written by Sholly Fisch
Art and cover by J. Bone
It’s a super-science conference like none other when all the Mad Scientists gather together on Oolong Island to share their latest inventions -- and to plot against the Super Friends!
I dropped 52 at 25, but tossed through those Oolong Island issues looking for the only super-scientist that could have kept me buying, Professor Arnold Hugo. I never found him there, but... could that be... Hugo's own bad melon-headed self on this here cover? His first non-reprint appearance in forty freakin' years? I'll but it just to be sure!
On sale February 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Claude St. Aubin & Scott Hanna
Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky
It’s the penultimate chapter of the rebellion against the new Starro the Conqueror! With Despero’s head in hand, super-genius Vril Dox harnesses the alien cranium as the key weapon in Starro’s defeat. But with the conqueror’s horde closing in, Dox calculates a 4.3% chance of success. Uh-oh.
I really thought I was going to drop this book, but between improved pacing, cast and increased relevance, I'm glad I kept it up. Also, Despero's severed head is more powerful and dangerous than most other super-villains' whole bodies. Hah!
The Human Flame
Nope! Hah! Eat it, loser!
Comrades of Mars
TEEN TITANS #80
On sale February 24 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Written by Felicia D. Henderson • Co-feature written by Sean McKeever
Art and cover by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson
Co-feature art by Yildiray Cinar & Júlio Ferreira
The Teen Titans rush to rescue Static from the clutches of the sadistic thug Holocaust. Plus: Slave-girl Ravager — unleashed!
Anyone still following this? The Titans franchise seems to have withered considerably.
WEDNESDAY COMICS HC
Advance-solicited • On sale MAY 26 • 200 pg, 11"x17.5", $49.99 US
This is it! The oversized, hardcover collection of DC’s 2009 weekly comics sensation that USA Today called "cool, classic-looking." Featuring composite cover art, the WEDNESDAY COMICS HC includes:
• ADAM STRANGE written and illustrated by Paul Pope
• BATMAN written by Brian Azzarello with art by Eduardo Risso including additional panel art on each page!
• METAMORPHO written by Neil Gaiman with art by Michael Allred
• DEADMAN written by Dave Bullock and Vinton Heuck with art by Dave Bullock
• THE DEMON AND CATWOMAN written by Walter Simonson with art by Brian Stelfreeze
• THE FLASH written by Karl Kerschl and Brenden Fletcher with art by Karl Kerschl
• GREEN LANTERN written by Kurt Busiek with art by Joe Quinones
• HAWKMAN written and illustrated by Kyle Baker
• KAMANDI written by Dave Gibbons with art by Ryan Sook
• THE METAL MEN written by Dan DiDio with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez & Kevin Nowlan
• SGT. ROCK written by Adam Kubert with art by Joe Kubert
• SUPERGIRL written by Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Amanda Conner
• SUPERMAN written by John Arcudi with art by Lee Bermejo
• TEEN TITANS written by Eddie Berganza with art by Sean Galloway
• WONDER WOMAN written and illustrated by Ben Caldwell
Plus: Don’t miss previously unpublished pages — one starring The Creeper (written by Keith Giffen with art by Eric Canete) and one starring Plastic Man (written by Evan Dorkin with art by Stephen DeStefano)! And, as if that weren’t enough, this can’t-miss collection also includes a bonus sketchbook section and intro by series editor Mark Chiarello!
I'm pretty sure nobody's buying this just for Megan, but just in case...