STORMWATCH #6I'm glad to hear they changed Stormwatch HQ to "The Eye of the Storm" from SkyWatch or The Carrier for a reason. That interests me more than a team line-up that couldn't survive half a year involving three newly created characters with front-loaded catastrophic issues who were likely always intended for the door. I hope Martian Manhunter wasn't involved merely as a stopgap himself. This is the first solicited cover from which he has been absent, but if any book lacks a guarantee of shipping with such an image, it's Stormwatch. Also, everybody is getting their asses kicked by a Daemonite. Translated into DC terms, Daemonite were like weaker but more common Durlans. It's an indignity I'd spare J'Onn, even if the DCnU Daemonites do look like White Martians.
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Art and cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
1:25 Variant cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard cover in a wraparound format.
On sale FEBRUARY 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US RATED T+
What lurks within the Stormwatch space station? As the origin of their alien HQ is revealed, what’s left of the decimated Stormwatch roster regroups and a new team is formed! Apollo, Midnighter, Martian Manhunter...who’s in, who’s out and who’s the new team leader? Note: The catastrophic events of this issue – especially the secret of Stormwatch HQ – will be felt in upcoming issues of GRIFTER and VOODOO!
SUICIDE SQUAD #6Suicide Squad a crossover with Justice League International in their first year of publishing. I like the symmetry, and might give this a look. It really, really, really helps that I'm not really into Harley Quinn, but Slimfast Amanda Waller will set me off.
Written by ADAM GLASS
Art by TOM RANEY
Cover by PAUL RENAULD
On sale FEBRUARY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US RATED T+
“The Hunt for Harley Quinn” starts here! After causing a prison riot and escaping an “escape-proof” supervillain penitentiary, the maniacal Harley Quinn is on the loose! The race is on as Deadshot – leading an all-new Suicide Squad – tracks his former teammate as Harley hunts the love of her life: the Joker! Plus: Don’t miss the unofficial crossover with STORMWATCH #6, tying into the explosive events of that issue!
GRIFTER #6They seem to really be trying to bind the former Wildstorm titles together, likely building toward a new WildC.A.T.s book (especially when/if Voodoo and Grifter's titles bite the dust.) This kind of reminds me of a long build they had where Maul was brainwashed and involved with some deaths in Jackson King's family. It all ended up being a wet fart, so the specifics elude me. I guess maybe the Edge sub-group might all get involved, so watch out for Deathstroke.
Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON
Art and cover by SCOTT CLARK and DAVE BEATY
On sale FEBRUARY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US RATED T
Girfter is way out of his element when The Daemonites hold him on a hovering spaceship where no man can get to him. Fortunately, Sofia is no man – but will she arrive before a horrific alien ceremony centering on the super-powerful Black Curate has gone too far? Cole Cash will find someone he never expected to see again, he will discover how integral he is to the Daemonite’s master plan, and uncover clues that will bring him face to face with Stormwatch and Voodoo.
ABSOLUTE FINAL CRISIS HCA hundred bucks and no "Requiem?" I guess it was by Tomasi, but still!
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by J.G. JONES, CARLOS PACHECO, DOUG MAHNKE, MATTHEW CLARK, JESUS MERINO, CHRISTIAN ALAMY, MARCO RUDY, TOM NGUYEN and others
Cover by J.G. JONES
On sale JULY 18 • 400 pg, FC, 8.25” x 12.5”, $99.99 US
The mind-blowing event from 2008 is collected in this spectacular new hardcover collecting FINAL CRISIS #1-7, FINAL CRISIS: SUBMIT #1, FINAL CRISIS: SUPERMAN BEYOND #1-2 and the FINAL CRISIS SKETCHBOOK, all written by Grant Morrison!
What happens when evil wins? That’s the devastating question Superman, Batman, the Justice League and every other super being in the DC Universe must face when Darkseid and his otherworldly legion of followers actually win the war between light and dark.
This oversized, slipcased hardcover comes with its own pair of 3-D glasses!
FLASHPOINT TPI only read an issue or two of this. They both sucked, and I never saw J'Onn J'Onzz in the main series.
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale MARCH 7 • 176 pg, FC, $14.99 US
The red-hot, sold-out five-issue miniseries from Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert is on its way in trade paperback!
This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It’s a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth’s Greatest Heroes to stop it?
It’s a place where America’s last hope is Cyborg, who hopes to gather the forces of The Outsider, The Secret 7, S!H!A!Z!A!M!, Citizen Cold and other new and familiar-yet-altered faces! It’s a world that could be running out of time, if The Flash can’t find the villain who altered the time line!
FLASHPOINT: THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT FEATURING WONDER WOMAN TPThis is the one where a weak, stupid, fetish geek J'Onn J'Onzz tries to murder his tormenter of decades, the Outsider. I actually hope the Outsider shows up again in the future, on the basis that he's a formidable villain who might entertain in a story with half a brain someday.
Written by TONY BEDARD, JAMES ROBINSON, DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
Art by ARDIAN SYAF, VICENTE CIFUENTES, EDDIE NUNEZ, JAVI FERNANDEZ, SCOTT CLARK and DAVID BEATY
Cover by ED BENES
On sale MARCH 14 • 272 pg, FC, $17.99 US
Don’t miss this Wonder Woman volume collecting EMPEROR AQUAMAN #1- 3, OUTSIDER #1-3, LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #1-3 and WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #1-3
Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It’s a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth’s Greatest Heroes to stop it?
YOUNG JUSTICE #13I never liked Garth, so the new Aqualad still seems cool to me.
Written by GREG WEISMAN and KEVIN HOPPS Art and cover by CHRISTOPHER JONES
On sale FEBRUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
In Star City, Artemis is under arrest – and in Gotham City, it’s Clayface vs. the rest of the team in a battle they cannot win! Aqualad’s leadership is on the line, and a fateful choice must be made.
TINY TITANS #49
Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO • Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
On sale FEBRUARY 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
It’s time to meet…the Squishy Titans! The pink blob Plasmus! The futuristic pet Proty! The stretchy Offspring! The diabolically dirty Clayface! Who’s the squishiest? Who’s the stretchiest? Join us as the Squishy Titans welcome a mysterious new member from the Orange Lantern Corps!
I expected there to be a few casualties in the early part of Stormwatch. I believe that J'Onn, Apollo, Midnighter, Jenny Quantum and Jack Hawksmoor will be around, with Jack likely being the new leader. I suspect that Adam One is history, that Harry Tanner (aka the Eminence of Blades) will become the new Tao as you suggested, and the Projectionist might make it.
I hope that J'Onn will not be jobbing with the Daemonite, but will instead be the one who shows up to pull some books into a connection with Stormwatch. (He is the only one known to the metahuman community and superheroes at large -- so maybe he will be on a recruiting drive. Or he may get an image of the Daemonite while he is out and about and wonder if they are tied to the White Martians, whom they now resemble.) Meanwhile, Apollo and Midnighter can discover that they still have some things to learn.
As for the Flashpoint stuff, I am really not too interested. While I heard that some of it was good, a lot left me cold. I think that the Outsider could make a good villain, but only if J'Onn and friends are shown as intelligent adversaries. (Batman has compared J'Onn to an amalgram of himself and Superman. So, I hope that we will see some of that Martian brainpower evident in the portrayal of the detective from the planet Mars.)
I can't see the Engineer going anywhere, either. Maybe Tanner recruits the Projectionist for an opposing team?
I think that the Engineer will be around. (I would like to see her face, as I like how she has been drawn in the past.) I am not sure about the Projectionist.
Maybe we will see some more Wildstorm and or Milestone characters joining Stormwatch. (Icon and J'Onn have some similarities, perhaps too many, but maybe Hardware could be a good fit?) I think that maybe Battalion or Fuji might be good additions to the team.
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