Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Martian Sightings for November, 2009

Written by Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
Art by Barry Kitson & Michael Bair
Cover by Barry Kitson
The definitive tale of the JLA's formation is back in a new printing of the massive book starring The Flash, Green Lantern, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter and Aquaman. Collecting the entire, original twelve-issue miniseries!
Advance-solicited; on sale December 9 • 320 pg, FC, $19.99 US

A great mini-series that heavily showcases J'Onn J'Onzz. If you haven't read it, you need to.


Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz
Art and cover by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund
In this second BOOSTER GOLD volume, now in paperback and featuring issues #0, 7-10 and 1 Million, Booster travels through time to save Blue Beetle from being murdered. But the resulting change to the time stream creates a wormhole of problems for the two heroes and some unpredictable consequences.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 9 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Alternate timeline J'Onn J'Onzz is better than nothin'.

Kingdom Come Messenger Print Bag
WBased on the best-selling graphic novel, Kingdom Come, by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, this canvas messenger bag features artwork of the future of the DC Universe and is perfect for carrying your papers and school supplies.
MSRP: $30.99

When I carry a man-purse, I don't make the kind of show of it a print would elicit. Pretty sweet for what it is, though. Isn't that a Justice image, though?

Justice League: The Complete Series
In this action-packed adventure series, the world's greatest superheroes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter, join forces as the Justice League to battle powerful villains, supernatural creatures and evil entities determined to take over the world and destroy the League. All 91 episodes from the "Justice League" animated series now available for the first time in a complete 15-Disc collection, with special collectible packaging.
Featurette: "Unlimited Reserve: Exploring The Depths Of The DC Universe"; English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles.
MSRP: $99.98

A good series, even if I did have major issues with the voice casting (especially Carl Lumbley's Martian Manhunter.)

Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert
Variant cover by Rodolfo Migliari
Sketch variant cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert
The moment you ve hungered for finally arrives! Who controls death in the DC Universe? NEKRON - Lord of the Undead! The dark being behind the undead Black Lanterns makes his presence and purpose known, and our heroes discover they re not only fighting for their lives, but their after-lives as well. Don t miss this game-changing issue from superstar writer Geoff Johns and stellar artist Ivan Reis!
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.
On Sale November 25 • 5 of 8 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Not sure if Black Lantern Martian Manhunter is here, but the odds seem decent, and the book has been pretty good so far.

Jemm, Son of Saturn
Written by James Robinson & Greg Rucka
Art by Pete Woods
Cover by Gary Frank
Variant cover by Mark Buckingham
Humans and Kryptonians are the only two races in our solar system, right? Wrong! Jemm, Son of Saturn, ruler of the super-powered Saturnian race, arrives in Kandor demanding answers to New Krypton's recent actions answers he intends to get even if he has to fight his way through Commander Kal-El and the entire Kryptonian army!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Gary Frank), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Mark Buckingham). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On Sale November 4 • 9 of 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Let the latest massive reinvention of a character begin.

Miss Martian
Written by Sean McKeever and Marv Wolfman
Art by Fernando Dagnino, Joe Bennett, Rick Leonardi and others
Cover by Andrew Robinson
The Teen Titans join forces with The Titans and The Vigilante in this new title collecting the Deathtrap storyline from TEEN TITANS ANNUAL 2009, TITANS #12 and 13, TEEN TITANS #70 and VIGILANTE #5 and 6.
Advance-solicited; on sale December 2 • 192 pg, FC, $14.99 US

She's in here somewhere. Whatever.


LissBirds said...

*gasp* I MUST have that bag....! Alex Ross + J'onn = instant awesomeness in my opinion. And, yes, the picture is definitely not from Kingdom Come...

Of course I jus recently bought all five seasons of the Justice League right before they released the big swanky box set...of course.

JLU was a favorite of mine, and I thought J'onn was characterized on the whole, pretty well. I'm curious, though: what issues did you have Carl Lumbley?

Diabolu Frank said...

I've seen the first season of Justice League and most of the superior JLU. I don't recall having any trouble with J'Onn J'Onzz's characterization, but found Lumbly's painfully affected voice annoying as hell. He always sounded like a guy in a sound booth pulling a stupid face and trying to sound like a Shakespearean alien. I had similar problems with Phil LaMarr's Green Lantern and Susan Eisenberg's Wonder Woman. Really phony, put-on voices. I preferred the more natural deliveries, like Maria Canals' Hawkgirl, or just the better practiced ones, like the classic Kevin Conroy Batman.

I gave up on season sets after finishing the run of Gilmore Girls, which I'm still two seasons behind in watching. I started out paying $40 each, then waited for sales in the twenties, and waited out some used in the teens. I spent about $100 completing Newsradio, now available complete for half that. Still, I noticed tempting sales on Justice League, so hopefully you caught a break there, at least.

Speaking of tempting, that bag really is pretty sweet...

LissBirds said...

Mmm...I see your point about the voice direction. Maria Canals was spot-on for the Hawkgirl, in my opinion. If you watch the featurettes and see what Phil LaMarr looks like in real life it's rather amusing...he must weigh 120 pounds soaking weight.

I never could figure out what the writers at DC intended J'onn to sound like with the use of those "squiggly" tailed speech bubbles. I've looked online for explanation but could never find one. Whispering? Speaking with voice and telepathy at the same time? Just a stylistic motif to make his speech look more alien? These are the kinds of questions that keep me awake at night.

Diabolu Frank said...

Some writer in the late '90s (Morrison/Millar?) described J'Onn's voice as sounding like the shifting sands of Mars, or somesuch. Make of that what you will, because it makes little literal sense to me...