Heads Up: DC Comics Previews – December 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.


 

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

Changes in the New DCU

Green Arrow #4

Last week, Conor highlighted a number of recently announced shakeups and additions to the new DC, and by December we’ll be seeing the brunt of them. John Rozum’s departure from the Static Shock creative team does not affect issue #4, but that is likely one of his final contributions to the series. As for Green Arrow, writer J.T. Krul is out, replaced by Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens–at least for now. Dan Jurgens and George Perez provide the art.

GREEN ARROW #4
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and DAN JURGENS
Art by DAN JURGENS and GEORGE PEREZ
Cover by DAVE WILKINS
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

It’s a Tokyo showdown! At an international tech expo that caters to the likes of WayneTech and Queen Industries, party crasher Green Arrow finds himself in the sights of a mystery woman bent on taking down “evil” corporations – like the one Green Arrow owns!

Action Comics #4

Josh Fialkov joins Grant Morrison on the Action Comics creative team, opening with a new origin for Steel.

ACTION COMICS #4
Written by GRANT MORRISON and JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV
Art by RAGS MORALES, GENE HA, RICK BRYANT and MATT CAMP
Cover by RAGS MORALES
Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
1:200 B&W Variant cover by RAGS MORALES
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with three covers. See the order form for more information.

Is your mind prepared for an encounter with the deadly Terminauts? What awful master do they serve? What horrible fate awaits Superman and the city of Metropolis? The true scope of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ ACTION COMICS run begins to come into view, so get those sunglasses ready, ‘cause it is gonna be blinding!

And in a backup story from writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Matt Camp that spins out of ACTION COMICS #2, John Henry Irons takes his first steps toward becoming the hero known as Steel!

The Ray #1

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray deliver their second series for the new DCU, a 4-part mini devoted to The Ray. Pretty stoked for this one and the third rumored project from Jimmy and Justin, a female hero book drawn by Amanda Conner. So shines some good deeds in a weary world.

THE RAY #1
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by JAMAL IGLE and RICH PERROTTA
Cover by JAMAL IGLE
On sale DECEMBER 14 • 32 pg, 1 of 4, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Get ready for a brand new Ray! Lucien Gates’s life is changed forever when he is struck by a mysterious beam of energy that turns him into a glowing gladiator – and being a human ray of light comes in handy when his city is suddenly under attack from giant, building-sized monsters. Unfortunately, light powers are less than handy in keeping his girlfriend happy.

Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes #1

The Burhamnator returns, and with him the globe-spanning Batman Incorporated saga. To ensure it was worth the wait, we’ve got a hefty 80-page giant  featuring art by Chris Burnham and Cameron Stewart. Event comics, kiddos.

BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN STRIKES #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by CHRIS BURNHAM and CAMERON STEWART
Cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
One-Shot • On sale DECEMBER 21 • 80 pg, FC, $6.99 US • RATED T

In this sensational, giant-sized one-shot spinning out of BATMAN INCORPORATED, Batman realizes to his horror that he’s been outwitted as the true identity of Leviathan continues to elude him. Is his deadly adversary an old foe with a grudge to settle, a new face of evil…or something completely different? Only one thing is certain: You won’t soon forget the shocking ending!

You can expect a few art changes throughout the new DCU as well, most of them temporary. Yanick Paquette’s taking a short breather, so Swamp Thing #4 art duties fall to Victor Ibanez. Chriscross subs for Ben Oliver on Batwing #4. Trevor McCarthy takes over for Eddy Barrows on Nightwing.

 

The New Classics

DC Comics Presents: The Kents #2

Issues #5-8 in John Ostrander’s bloody Kansas epic are collected here in this second staple-bound bundle. A true paperback would’ve been nice, but this isn’t a bad way to go about it. Herein lies the tale of Jonathan Kent’s long-dead kin, a tale of the old west in the DCU.

DC COMICS PRESENTS THE KENTS #2
Written by JOHN OSTRANDER • Art by TIMOTHY TRUMAN and MICHAEL BAIR • Cover by TIMOTHY TRUMAN
On sale DECEMBER 21 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US

In these tales from THE KENTS #5-8, the war is on, and Nathan Kent is scouting for General Lyons while his brother rides with Quantrill.

DC Comics Presents Captain Atom #1

Greg Rucka and James Robinson’s recent Captain Atom co-feature is collected together for the first time. Check it out for a woefully under-appreciated Captain Atom tale, but you won’t be any closer to unlocking the mysteries of the entity known as CAFU.

DC COMICS PRESENTS CAPTAIN ATOM #1
Written by JAMES ROBINSON and GREG RUCKA
Art and cover by CAFU
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US

In the popular co-feature from ACTION COMICS #879-889, Captain Atom’s memory is falling apart right in the heat of battle! Can he get it together in time to face off again Major Disaster?

DC Comics Presents Batman: The Secret City #1

One of the great things about Barbara Gordon’s return to the role of Batgirl: more popular interest in Barbara Gordon stories of all kinds.

DC COMICS PRESENTS BATMAN: THE SECRET CITY #1
Written by DYLAN HORROCKS and J. TORRES • Art by RAMON BACHS, DAVID LOPEZ and others • Cover by TOM FOWLER
On sale DECEMBER 14 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US

Batman and Oracle must solve a string of murders in a part of Gotham City no one knew existed, leading Oracle into a world of her greatest dreams – and nightmares. Plus: Batman tangles with Mr. Freeze! From LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT # 180-181 and 190-191.

 

Catwoman vol. 1 TPB

Cheating a little, because it’s out in January. But. There’s sex-crazed Catwoman and then there’s sexy Catwoman. This is the latter. One of the easiest purchases to be made. Pedigree like this? You’re in for a real fancy feast.

CATWOMAN VOL. 1 TP
Written by ED BRUBAKER and DARWYN COOKE
Art by DARWYN COOKE, BRAD RADER, CAMERON STEWART, MICHAEL ALLRED and RICK BURCHETT
Cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale JANUARY 25 • 336 pg, FC, $29.99 US

Don’t miss this new collection of CATWOMAN: SELINA’S BIG SCORE, plus stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #759-762 and CATWOMAN #1-9, featuring the work of Ed Brubaker, Darwyn Cooke and more!

 

Comments

  1. Paul,

    “We’re not a fan of that system, we think it’s slowly strangling comics to death,”

    I am not complaining, or am I trying to call anyone out, I just don’t understand a couple things about this statement.

    1. how is this strangling comics to death ?
    2. can you suggest something better?

    I am fully aware that this site has probably addressed this in an article before but I couldn’t find one while I searched for about 10 minutes. I would love to hear what you have to say about this.

  2. I’m embarrassed to admit that I totally missed out on Brubaker and Darwyn’s run on Catwoman. Thankfully that mistake can be corrected.

  3. great are but nothing really pop out for me to get me excited for any of the titles. i know some one will prove me wrong. thanks

  4. Darwyn Cooke draws the most beautiful women without making them look ridiculous (see: Starfire in the Red Hood and the Outlaws)

  5. Definitely picking up that Catwoman trade.

  6. A book collecting all of the Darwyn Cooke Catwoman art? I want to go to there.

  7. I’m loving this DC Comics Presents line. At least, I love the ones that collect self contained stories, and not ones that need multiple Presents to complete, like Superman: Secret Origin or The Kents. In particular, that Captain Atom one looks really great. Collecting old “co-features” in this format is a superb idea.

  8. Thats how Captain Atom should still look, much more fitting and where’s my JSA? This would’ve been an ideal article to boost they’re return speaking of classics and changes in the new DCU52.

  9. That awesome Catwoman collection should be deluxe hardcover.. It would be a sure-buy for me then. Trades always seem to fall apart on me. 🙁

  10. Ooh the Brubaker/Cooke Catwoman run was fantastic! And I’m really excited for the Captain Atom re-release! That was what made me fall in love with Cafu.

  11. Catwoman, cool. Will they bring out the whole series in Trade? I know parts are out of print.