I don't have a lot to say about the individual comics this month because yuck. Aside from this blog, many of my others, especially DC Bloodlines, continue to run largely on nostalgia and force of habit. I am as disdainful of DC now as I was of Marvel by the mid-90s, because it's mostly the same industry wash-ups who ran Marvel into the ground back then. My God, Rob Liefeld is writing three books, including one reintroducing Cheshire as a sword-wielding ninja. Have you seen the new Warblade? There's a five-part crossover introducing a sub-Titans West team called the Ravagers written by Tom DeFalco? How about all those trade paperbacks of comics from last year that are completely out of continuity now, or the Infinity, Inc. trade revolving around versions of Huntress and Power Girl twice removed from present terms? I've decided to skip the "Second Wave" titles entirely, and I'm down to two DC subscriptions once the pointless Huntress mini-series ends. Please feel free to defend your DC reading, but I'd love it if folks used the comments to suggest non-DC/Marvel titles to try. For instance, I'm currently reading the first Hack/Slash Omnibus, and am enjoying it plenty more than anything out of the New 52...
STORMWATCH #9Oh good, Milligan's opening his stint on the book with a tie-in to another title I don't want anything to do with. Inauspicious. Did I say I was keeping two DC books? So far, anyway.
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art and cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
1:25 B&W Variant cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
On sale MAY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.
• New writer PETER MILLIGAN comes aboard!
• APOLLO and MIDNIGHT battle RED LANTERN SKALLOX!
• V-MAN’S connection to STORMWATCH is revealed – and it’s a doozy!
JUSTICE TPThe complete *yawn* epic in a single *sigh* volume.
Written by JIM KRUEGER and ALEX ROSS
Art by ALEX ROSS and DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover by ALEX ROSS
On sale JUNE 13 • 384 pg, FC, $29.99 US
• The Legion of Doom — led by LEX LUTHOR and BRAINIAC — band together to save the world after a shared vision of the Earth’s demise.
• Collecting the best-selling 12-issue series!
YOUNG JUSTICE #16
Written by KEVIN HOPPS and GREG WEISMAN
Art and cover by CHRISTOPHER JONES
On sale MAY 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
• Robin, Kid Flash and Artemis fight crime with their adult counterparts!
• Guest starring Batman, The Flash and Green Arrow!
• First part of a new storyline.
TINY TITANS: GROWING UP TINY TP
Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
On sale JUNE 13 • 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US
• A new volume of the Eisner Award-winning series, including lots o’ Crocs, a super-speedster race, young Bizarros in love and the Crossing Patrol Boys of Doom!
• Collects TINY TITANS #39-44!
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #9Did I mention "ugh" before, because I'm pretty "ugh" and a bit of lunch came up several times in this month's listings?
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by BERNARD CHANG
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale MAY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• As this new tale begins, the country’s best FBI profiler, Kass Sage, must seek help on a desperate case from her father…imprisoned serial killer VANDAL SAVAGE!
• Chapter one of a three-part story by JAMES ROBINSON and BERNARD CHANG.