Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Waiting for Wednesday, Volume 3, Issue 39

This week marks the roll out of the last of DC's New 52 titles. With another 13 number one issues hitting shelves today, fans will get their final round of new books before having to decide which ones they'll continue to buy come next month.

There's some good stuff lined up for today, including two books that have been on my radar since they were first announced this spring.

But before we get to that, I just wanted to quickly follow up on my post yesterday about Catwoman, issue one.

I ended that post a bit abruptly, partly because it was late and partly because I just didn't have the time--or the brain matter, frankly--to put a nice bow on it.

I still don't have said time or brain matter today, but I did want to mention the following. I don't think the issue was a bad one in the sense that it accomplished many of the goals of DC's relaunch.

The issue introduced readers to a character and we got to know quite a bit about her. Granted, most of what we got to know wasn't very likable, but she is a jewel thief, right?

I dunno.

I'm still having some problems with the book. See, I like Judd Winick. Quite a bit, actually. And I really wanted to like this new Catwoman series. And like I said, I kind of did.

Selina Kyle as international woman of mystery is cool and different, and something I'd read on a monthly basis. But Selina Kyle in a T&A book for no apparent reason? Not really my thing.

And that's what issue one was--a strange, kind of creepy mix of very cool premise and very exploitative T&A action.

That said, I'm going to buy issue two. Hypocritical? Yes. But I think there's something good here--good enough to give a second issue a chance. Part of me is convinced that the book ended the way it did (more on that in yesterday's post) because it needed something big for people to talk about.

In that sense, the issue was a home run, as it very nearly broke the Internet in half. Still, I have faith in Winick as a storyteller, and I think this book is going somewhere good.

But enough about last week's books. Let's get to this week's new releases.

First up, Justice League Dark, issue one, hits stands today. Featuring three of my favorite DC/Vertigo characters--Madame Xanadu, John Constantine, and Zatanna--I've been looking forward to this title for quite a while now.
Written by Peter Milligan and with art by Mikel Janin, Dark is one of those books that immediately grabbed my attention when it was announced.

I need my Vertigo fix, and I've missed Madame Xanadu since the cancellation of her (excellent) solo book earlier this year. Milligan has been busy writing the heck out of Constantine in Hellblazer the past couple of years, and Zatanna is a character I feel DC has always dropped the ball on, until recently.

So, yeah. High hopes for this book. Here's the solicitation information from DC:

The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing forces that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. And if those heroes can't handle the job, who will stand against this mystical madness?

Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat?

Next up is I, Vampire, issue one. Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and with art by Andrea Sorrentino, this book is the wild card for me.
I know nothing about the history of this character or this world, but I like horror books, and this one promises to be a good horror story. I've seen art from Sorrentino, and it's dark and creepy (in a good way!) and wonderful. I don't have much else to say about it, other than the whole purpose of this relaunch is to try something new.

And I plan on doing just that with I, Vampire. Here's the blurb from DC:

For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now that truce has reached a bloody end and Andrew must do everything in his power to stop Mary and her dark forces from going on a killing spree – and she plans to start with the heroes of the DCU!

And that's what I'm buying today. How about you guys--what are you Waiting for?

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