Heads Up: DC Comics Previews – November 2011

Being a comic fan can be tough. With so many publishers printing more and more books, canceling titles and starting new ones, it can be daunting when you head to the comic book shop on a Wednesday to know exactly what’s coming out.

The current system of presenting and ordering comics three months ahead of their release as set forth by the sole comics distributor, Diamond Comics, doesn’t make it any easier either. We’re not a fan of that system, we think it’s slowly strangling comics to death, but we realize it’s a harsh reality of how the industry works and we definitely don’t want you to miss out on any of the cool comics being published.

And so, as opposed to regurgitating the list of comics solicited in Previews each month, we present to you some of the highlights of things you probably won’t want to miss out on.

SPOILER WARNING – In order to get people to order comics, the publishers have a funny habit of revealing what’s happening in the books. If you don’t want anything at all to be spoiled, then you’ll probably want to skip this post and take your chances with your pre-orders and/or your shopping.


Note: DC Comics has a notorious reputation for incorrect solicitation information so take everything below with a grain of salt.

 

Oh, We Might As Well

What does month three of the new DC Universe look like? This!

Boo-yah! That’s a lot of books. Hopefully I will not be reading them all by then!


Finally!

Cover by Stuart Immonen

One of the best Superman stories of all time is finally back in print! Sure, it’s not in handy dandy trade format BECAUSE THAT WOULD MAKE TOO MUCH SENSE. No, it’s in over-sized DC Comics Presents format. The first issue (in stores October) collects the first two prestige-sized chapters and this issue collects that final two chapters. What’s Superman: Secret Identity about? Well I don’t want to give too much away, but the story–written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by Stuart Immonen in his older more realistic style–is about what would happen if someone had Superman’s powers in “the real world.” It’s FANTASTIC.

DC COMICS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY #2
Written by KURT BUSIEK • Art and cover by STUART IMMONEN
On sale NOVEMBER 30 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US

Reprinting issues #3-4 of the original miniseries! Pursued by agents of his own country who want to “draft” him into service, Clark has one overriding concern beyond his own freedom: The safety and security of his wife and children!

Cover by Ty Templeton

More Elseworlds! I think the subject of this story is “What if Superman crash landed in Long Island and grew up to like The Smiths and Beverly Hills, 90210.

DC COMICS PRESENTS: ELSEWORLDS 80-PAGE GIANT #1
Written by CHUCK DIXON, KYLE BAKER and others • Art by KYLE BAKER, AARON LOPRESTI and others • Cover by TY TEMPLETON
On sale NOVEMBER 30 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US

A legendary “lost” comic is back! Don’t miss President Superman confronting the indignities of “Scandalgate,” the return of the Super- Sons, the Birds of Prey newspaper comic strip, the adventures of Superman’s babysitter, a classic KINGDOM COME parody, and more!


Vertigo Guest Artists!

Sometimes your regularly scheduled artist needs a break. Luckily, there are a lot of talented folks out there to fill-in!

Cover by Rafael Albuquerque

You got some Jonah Hex in your American Vampire!

AMERICAN VAMPIRE #21
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by JORDI BERNET
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
On sale NOVEMBER 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
MATURE READERS

In the finale of the 3-part “The Beast in the Cave,” the beast is finally unleashed! Plus: James Book and Skinner Sweet’s friendship is severed; setting in motion the events that would change their lives forever. Featuring amazing art by the legendary Jordi Bernet (Torpedo)!

Cover by Jeff Lemire

Indie sensation Matt Kindt!

SWEET TOOTH #27
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MATT KINDT
Cover by JEFF LEMIRE
On sale NOVEMBER 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
MATURE READERS

SWEET TOOTH’s most unusual storyline yet, “The Taxidermist,” continues. Thacker and his men are taken on a journey deep into the frozen heart of Alaska where the origins of the plague may lie hidden deep below the ice! Jeff Lemire and guest artist Matt Kindt continue their mysterious mini-epic!

Cover by Yuko Shimizu

I know that Rick Geary isn’t technically a guest artist since he’s been doing other issues of this book, but I’ll take any opportunity to spotlight the iFanboy favorite. Also, a point five issue? Wha?

THE UNWRITTEN #31.5
Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by MICHAEL WM. KALUTA, RICK GEARY and BRYAN TALBOT
Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU
On sale NOVEMBER 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
MATURE READERS

“Tommy Taylor and the War of Words” continues! Throughout history, a mysterious group of men and women has shaped the stories that humankind tells. Who were they? Where did they begin? What were their motives and their strategies? From ancient China to Medieval Germany to turn-of the century America – in the pages of Wilson Taylor’s journals, the real story unfolds…


For more check out the full list of DC Comics in November 2011 here.

 

Comments

  1. The first ever drive by shooting in history is happening in All Star Western.

    How is this the lowest pulled book in the New 52 with a solict like that!?

  2. dayna dayna says:

    Jeff Lemire’s covers just get better and better.

  3. That flash cover is amazing

  4. gloftrinoma gloftrinoma says:

    DC COMICS PRESENTS: ELSEWORLDS 80-PAGE GIANT #1 YAY!

  5. Jeff Reid JeffR (@JeffRReid) says:

    I’m banking on DC putting out a real trade of Superman: Secret Identity at some point so I’m not picking up the story split into two DC Comics Presents books. Here’s hoping my gamble pays off.

  6. HailScott HailScott says:

    Since I had to put in my pre-order already, I had to order a whole lot of these before I even found out if I like the #1s. It’s such an obvious and overused bitching point, but I can’t help it. It’s the feeling of getting screwed that kills me.

  7. JRScherer JRScherer says:

    Wow, there are a LOT of really beautiful covers in there.

  8. sunhero sunhero says:

    cover art has really improved massively over the last few years.

  9. kennyg kennyg says:

    Crap, this is gonna cost me a FORTUNE.

  10. GunnerAsh GunnerAsh says:

    Lots of stunning covers. Can’t wait for the new 52 to get started already.

  11. If anybody is in the least bit curious, you HAVE to pick up Superman: Secret identity.

    You don’t even need to be a Superman fan.

    It’s an astonishingly good book.

  12. Bryce31 Bryce31 says:

    I’m glad I got the trade of Secret Identity before it went out of print.

  13. Loser13 Loser13 says:

    awesome, and aquaman looks badass in the previews i’ve seen. great art all round. thanks

  14. boomergirl boomergirl says:

    A lot of these covers or gorgeous, with the exception of the Hawk and Dove cover. I don’t find it pleasing at all.

  15. Hot damn these look terrific!

  16. scottdfane scottdfane says:

    Oh man! These covers look epic. It looks like they are going to keep the Batman Inc. vibe even with the reboot huh? I love that! The cover to American Vampire #21 is STRIKING! Love Ifanboy.

    http://www.comical-musings.blogspot.com

  17. tazz says:

    wow the art looks awesome. I have to tell you this relaunch has me excited..

  18. OttoBott OttoBott says:

    It should be noted that Busiek said he was working on a Batman: Secret Identity – the artist? John-Paul-friggin-Leon.

  19. y2kkev y2kkev says:

    All these DC covers just make me really miss Julius Schwartz. All I can see on these covers is either the main character is dead or fighting someone with claws