When I started Martian Sightings early in the life of this blog, the plan was to read the entire Previews catalog and report on all Martian Manhunter-related items each month. That notion was never quite realized, as J'Onn J'Onzz lacks enough commercial heft to rate explicit mentions in a given solicitation. I often missed appearances, or assumed his presence where he was absent. On items like DVDs, Previews is often soliciting stuff available in stores before you could even turn an order in to them. Finally, I began taking until very near the deadline to finish reading the book, and especially on light months, I sometimes wouldn't post at all.
This is to say that you're reading the last Martian Sighting as originally conceived.
Once again, there were no Martian Manhunter items outside the DC Comics solicitations, which have been viewable to the public for three weeks. In fact,the previous Sighting was posted right around the same time, and folks were more interested in commenting on the brand new items than the dated stuff I was covering... the "new" stuff featured here was what we discussed nearly a month ago. There will be another Sighting in a couple weeks, focused solely on the freshest advance solicitations on the 'net. If additional items turn up in the actual Previews, I'll just tack it onto the Sighting after that, and so on.
Out with 2009 and these final perfunctory solicits-- In with 2010 and a forum to talk about the now merchandise...
MARTIAN MANHUNTER CLASSIC
HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE SERIES 4 ACTION FIGURES
BASED ON THE ART OF GEORGE PEREZ
DC Direct presents the fourth series of HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE action figures, featuring four more fan-favorite characters!
All based on art from George Pérez’s seminal HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE comic book, the figures included here are Silver Age Martian Manhunter; Captain Atom in his original blue and red costume; Kobra in his original costume; and Superman as Nightwing, from Superman’s time in the Bottle City of Kandor, when he took on the alias of Nightwing.
Captain Atom • 6.75” h
Superman as Nightwing • 6.75” h
Martian Manhunter • 6.75” h
Kobra • 6.75” h
4-color blister card packaging.
Advance-solicited; on sale June 16, 2010 * Action Figures * PI ($14-20)
A Martian Manhunter action figure based on the History art of Pérez would be fantastic! It's one of my favorite interpretations of the character! This figure looks nothing like Pérez ever did ever! This looks like Tim Bruckner taking a stab at Joe Certa's Silver Age Manhunter from Mars, right down to the simple collarless cape. On the other hand, that teensy-weensy bikini he's wearing was more typical of the '90s, and J'Onn was never drawn that muscular before the late '80s. It's actually less faithful to Pérez than the Kevin Maguire JLI figure (which looks better in your hands than online, as I recently learned.)
DC UNIVERSE: ORIGINS TP
Written by Mark Waid, Scott Beatty and Len Wein
Art by various
Cover by Alex Ross
Collecting the origins of over fifty characters from Animal Man to Zatanna, including Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and many more, from DC’s hit weekly series 52 and COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS as well as several first seen online, featuring the work of some of comics’ top talents!
Advance-solicited; on sale February 17 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
This one should have Martian Manhunter's two page spotlight with art by Tom Mandrake (on the conehead, to boot!) Also, lots of cameo appearances in other character's origins (like Brian Bolland's Zatanna!)
ONE YEAR LOSER
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA SPECIAL #1
Written by Brad Meltzer, Mark Waid and Brian Azzarello
Art by Ed Benes, Ivan Reis, Andy Kubert, Adam Hughes, Jim Lee and others
Cover by Ed Benes
Previously offered as part of DC Direct’s JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA ACTION FIGURE BOX SET, this special collects JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 and origin stories from 52 #12, 22, 46 and 51 and ABSOLUTE SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW.
On sale January 20 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US
Reprints of cameos-- not especially well written ones. Nice art, though... at times.
GREEN LANTERN #50
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy
Variant cover by Jim Lee
Sketch Variant cover by Doug Mahnke
BLACKEST NIGHT spreads with an oversized anniversary issue! Surrounded by friends and enemies, Hal Jordan goes into battle with a being he will never defeat – the Black Lantern Spectre! Can Saint Walker, Sinestro and the others put a stop to this bizarre Spectre rebirth?
Plus, Atrocitus reveals a tie to a power that may make him the most unbeatable of all the Lanterns!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with three covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Jim Lee). For every 100 copies of the Standard Edition, retailers may order one copy of the Sketch Variant Edition (with a cover by Doug Mahnke). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale January 27 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Will Black Lantern J'Onn J'Onzz appear here? Probably not, but I'll give his corps a nod to be safe.
THE ATOM & HAWKMAN #46
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Ryan Sook
The Atom has been in the center of the BLACKEST NIGHT storm since day one. But now that storm becomes more personal than he could ever have imagined when he is hunted by not only the Black Lanterns Hawkman and Hawkgirl, but Black Lanterns Khufu and Chay-Ara! Don’t miss the meltdown in another of this month’s one-issue revivals of classic DC Universe titles!
ONE SHOT • on sale January 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Another "don't count on it" Black Lantern J'Onn J'Onzz appearance, but this also smells like an essential mini-series tie-in you might otherwise miss. Besides, it's the real Atom in a solo story by Johns and Sook! If only the Tiny Titan blog were around to see this...
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Claude St. Aubin & Scott Hanna
Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky
In the aftermath of their BLACKEST NIGHT encounter, Vril Dox and his team realize they must kill Starro the Conqueror. It's a job that requires three dangerous missions led by Dox, Captain Comet and Adam Strange, who will face loss, treachery and the overwhelming might of Starro's conquering horde.
On sale January 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I haven't read the annual yet, but it looks like they threw Despero under the bus to build up Starro/Star Conqueror. Eh, Despero's survived infantilism, disembodiment, pychic displacement, discorporation and Trinity, so what's decapitation really?
The Human Flame
FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH: RUN! TP
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Freddie E. Williams II
Cover by KAKO
The Human Flame is a dead man. The heroes of the DC Universe have targeted him as the lowlife who caught the murder of the Martian Manhunter on his cell phone. On top of that, the villains want to kill him for selling them out to Libra. His only chance is to run! Collecting the 6-issue miniseries.
Advance-solicited; on sale February 24 • 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US
I asked a few months ago if anyone was willing to recommend this trade paperback collection to me, and got a positive response. As I recall, it jerks a bunch of forgettable d-listers around pretty hard, so if you can roll with that, it might be worth trying.
TEEN TITANS #79
Written by Felicia D. Henderson; co-feature written by Sean McKeever
Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson; co-feature art by Yildiray Cinar & Júlio Ferreira
Cover by Joe Bennett and Jack Jadson
Now that he’s had time to acclimate to normal life since the TERROR TITANS miniseries, Static makes the choice to go home and tell his family that he’s alive. And he’s bringing his Teen Titans teammates with him. Let’s hope they can survive the rough streets of Dakota!
Plus: Ravager…slave girl!
On sale January 27 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Okay, I tossed through #75, and she was still on the team. I don't think the creative team is entirely intact though, so nobody knows nothin' til it streets.