Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Martian Sightings for July, 2008

Usually, I wait until I get my copy of the Previews catalog before considering posting a "Sighting," but tonight's won't wait until I can make sure there won't be any additional licensed items. You see, the new solicitations all but confirm that the Martian Manhunter will be killed by the Human Flame, likely no sooner than DC Universe #0 but no later than Final Crisis #2. I'll be removing the Mike Netzer banner before the end of the week, as he hasn't updated his blog since February, and his crusade is clearly hopeless. I suspect at least part of the blame for the character's demise in the return of the "Manhunter" series, a book Dan DiDio has a strong investment in, and one that only caused confusion in a universe shared with a Martian double. I still don't understand why the character had to be removed from the Outsiders series in his final days, unless to avoid "spoiling" what quickly became an obvious plot development.

On a side note, it amuses me after my rant last night that DC has listed new JLI action figures of Black Canary, Batman, G'nort, and Ice. None resemble Kevin Maguire's take, so the Batman is utterly superfluous, but at least the membership is acknowledged there. On to the thinly veiled Manhunter memorial special...

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy
Covers by J.G. Jones and Doug Mahnke
A very special FINAL CRISIS one-shot honoring the passing of a great hero who’s been a staple in the DC Universe for years. All that remains is one final memory that the League experiences together as they must fulfill his last wishes or die trying!
On sale July 9 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Do note the above is written by the author of several Martian Manhunter short stories (and not much else until recently) and drawn by a former Martian Manhunter series artist.

Written by Grant Morrison
Art and covers by J.G. Jones
Batman missing in action! Superman immobilized! Green Lantern on trial for his life!
A shadow is falling across Earth’s super heroes -- and now it’s Wonder Woman’s turn to face the Evil Gods!
What bizarre warning from beyond awaits Frankenstein, The Question and the agents of S.H.A.D.E. in the shadows of the Dark Side Club? What grim fate lies in store for The Human Flame? What happens when the Anti-Life Equation hits the internet? Can the Fastest Men Alive outrun The Black Racer -- Death himself? And who are the Justifiers? The answers are all here as the unstoppable rise of evil continues in FINAL CRISIS #3 by Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones.
On sale July 30 • 3 of 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Lee Garbett & Trevor Scott
Cover by Dustin Nguyen
The DC and WildStorm Universes are colliding, forcing heroes from both sides to work together, much to their displeasure. But when this scuttles the plans of the mastermind behind it all, he ups the ante by bringing the DCU villains into the mix.
On sale July 16 • 4 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Art Baltazar & Franco
Art and cover by Art Baltazar
New pals Blue Beetle and Supergirl stop by the Titans Treehouse, only to find most of the Tiny Titans away on a field trip. Good thing a few lesser-known heroes are still at school! Plus: follow Raven and Trigon through a typically crazy morning.
On sale July 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US

Written by Mark Sable Cover by Tony Daniel & Sandu Florea
Art by Carlos Magno & Jonathan Glapion
Victor Stone thought he was the only man to deal with the power and pain that comes with the name Cyborg. Now, he's learned that someone long thought dead is using Vic's deadly technology to battle the Teen Titans. Can Vic stop this new enemy and learn the dark truth behind his foe's creation?
On sale July 23 • 3 of 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Carlos Rodriguez Cover by Eddy Barrows & Ruy Jos�
Kid Devil's out to prove himself, but that won't stop the latest object of his contempt from getting in the way! In the tradition of Tango & Cash, Starsky & Hutch, and Turner & Hooch comes this instant buddy classic! You’ve already read “The Blue and The Gold” -- Is the world ready for -- “The Red and the Blue”?
On sale July 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Drew Geraci
It’s the action-packed conclusion of “Ring Quest”! Kyle, Guy, Sodam Yat, Arisia, Soranik and other members of the Green Lantern Corps wage an all-out battle against Mongul and the mysterious Mother Mercy.
On sale July 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

... as an aside, I'd like to mention that I used to be a big DC Comics supporter, buying mich of their line. That's been steady dwindling since Didio took over, and this month my only DC purchases outside "Final Crisis" and the memorial may be the trades for "COUNTDOWN PRESENTS: LORD HAVOK AND THE EXTREMISTS" and "SUICIDE SQUAD: FROM THE ASHES." We'll see, but I've pretty much decided to give up on additional "floppies" besides Shooter's run on "Legion." Thought I'd share.

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