Monday, May 19, 2008

Coming Distractions: Aug. 2008

Haven't done one of these in a few months. Here are the solicits for August, as Final Crisis and Legion of 3 Worlds gets ramped up. Interestingly, they are only showing slivers of some covers, I think this has to do with the trade dress or something.

THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IN THE 31st CENTURY #17
Written by J. Torres
Art by Sanford Greene
Cover by Alexander Serra
A distress call from a stranded United Planets ship pits the Legion against a gang of Thanagarian pirates – and they’re not exactly carrying on Hawkman’s heroic legacy! The team will have to call in the big guns, but their best hope is 1,000 years away.
On sale August 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.25 US



FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by George Pérez & Scott Koblish
Covers by George Pérez
From the moment Kal-El landed on earth until the end of time, the Time Trapper has sought to erase Superman’s impact on the universe. But the Legion of Super-Heroes have always been there to stop him. This time, though, even the Legion won’t be enough. The Time Trapper has found the ultimate weapon to carry out his plan – a twisted mirror image of the boy of steel from a parallel Earth long dead: Superboy-Prime! Who will answer the Legion’s call for help? Find out here as the Crisis of the 31st century begins!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers by George Pérez that will ship in approximately 50/50 ratio. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale August 20 • 1 of 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US



DC/WILDSTORM: DREAMWAR #5
Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Lee Garbett & Trevor Scott
Cover by Gene Ha
Things are looking grim for the heroes from both universes. The onslaught of an enraged mother nature and the always-psychotic villains of the DCU are proving to be more than the combined might of both universes’ heroes can handle.
On sale August 20 • 5 of 6, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #18
Written by Geoff Johns & Alex Ross
Art and variant cover by Dale Eaglesham & Ruy Jose
Cover by Alex Ross
Magog is introduced into the DC Universe in “Gog” part 3! The last god of the Third World has walked the Earth delivering good will to men wherever he goes. But out of a violent confrontation comes the birth of the one being the Kingdom Come Superman must stop: Magog! Meanwhile, Starman struggles with his new role on the team and Damage celebrates his. Plus, Power Girl’s strange ordeal on Earth-2 leads her to seek out help from an unlikely source.
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Alex Ross), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Eaglesham & Jose). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale August 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #45
Written by Jim Shooter
Art and cover by Francis Manapul & John Livesay
A massive intruder planet has appeared near Jupiter – and its gravity is ripping apart the solar system! Under Brainiac 5’s guidance, Light Lass and Star Boy fight back, but they’ll have to do the impossible – moving planets – to end the chaos and carnage!
On sale August 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE TORNADO’S PATH TP
Written by Brad Meltzer
Art by Ed Benes & Sandra Hope
Cover by Michael Turner
New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer (IDENTITY CRISIS, The Book of Fate) redefines the World's Greatest Super Team for a new generation in this trade paperback collecting issues #1-7 of the new series, with foldout pages, variant covers and much more!
Advance-solicited; on sale September 10 • 224 pg, FC, $17.99 US

Issue 7 was the one that introduced Karate Kid.



KINGDOM COME TP — NEW EDITION
Written by Mark Waid
Art and cover by Alex Ross
Eisner Award-winning artist Alex Ross provides an amazing new cover painting for this new edition of KINGDOM COME, which features a deluxe foldout cover only on its first printing! (Subsequent printings will not include the foldout.)
Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Ross, this is the unforgettable, best-selling tale of a world spinning inexorably out of control. Waid and Ross weave a tale of youth versus experience, tradition versus change, and what defines a hero. KINGDOM COME is a riveting epic that pits the old guard – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their allies – against a new, uncompromising generation of heroes.
Advance-solicited; on sale September 10 • 232 pg, FC, $17.99 US



COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS VOL. 3 TP
Written by Paul Dini, Adam Beechen, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Tony Bedard and Sean McKeever
Art by Scott Kolins, Tom Derenick, Jamal Igle, Howard Porter, Jesus Saiz and others
Cover by Stefane Roux
In this third COUNTDOWN collection, featuring stories from issues #25-13, Jimmy Olsen’s unpredictable super-powers bring him to the attention of Darkseid!
Advance-solicited; on sale September 24 • 296 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Reprints



THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: ENEMY RISING HC
Written by Jim Shooter
Cover by Francis Manapul & Livesay
Art by Francis Manapul, Aaron Lopresti & Livesay
Collecting LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #37-44, ENEMY RISING features the work of legendary, returning LEGION writer Jim Shooter, with spectacular art by Francis Manapul! Can Lightning Lad grow into his new role as Legion Leader in time to help the team stop an evil from beyond the fringes of the universe?
Advance-solicited; on sale October 15 • 192 pg, FC, $19.99 US



DC UNIVERSE ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS VOL. 1 HC
Written by Robert Kanigher, Bob Haney, Gardner Fox, Neal Adams, Cary Bates, Len Wein and Howard Liss
Art by Neal Adams, Joe Kubert, Nick Cardy, Dick Dillin, Steve Harper and Vince Colletta
Cover by Neal Adams
At last, it’s here – the first of three hardcover volumes collecting nearly every DC Comics story and cover by Neal Adams not already collected in GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW, BATMAN or DEADMAN titles! Featuring rarely seen stories from OUR ARMY AT WAR #182, 183 and 186, STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #134 and 144, DETECTIVE COMICS #369, TEEN TITANS #20-22, ACTION COMICS #425, SUPERMAN #254, WEIRD WAR TALES #12 and 13 and more!
Advance-solicited; on sale October 22 • 192 pg, FC, $39.99 US

This one is interesting, but too high-priced for me. Adams did about a dozen covers to Adventure Comics in 1968-69, you'll recall.

2 comments:

Jonathan Miller said...

In case you haven't seen Rich Johnston's latest:

"ITEM! Yeah, so what happened with that Jim-Shooter-off-Legion thing? Industry gossip has the move down to the "Legion Of Three Worlds" series that trampled on what Shooter saw as his plans for his series. And, so, vamoose."

You can find it here: http://comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=16470

I'm a bit bummed. I liked Shooter's take on the threeboot (more than Waid's, certainly); on the other hand, I'd like to see the Lightning Saga Legion too. Of course, this is still just a rumor....

Michael K. Willis said...

I have fond memories of a lot of the stories in the Neal Adams book...the Teen Titans stories stand out as a particular favorite of my long-lost youth...but I doubt (sudden lottery windfall notwithstanding) that I'll be ponying up the 120 bucks for 3 volumes of them.

Interesting that they're giving Shooter's arc a hardcover...I've liked it well enough but probably not enough to want to buy a hardcover collection.