For December DC Comics are continuing to their theme variant covers but this time there is a twist. Instead of just normal variants, each variant will come three varieties: full colors, inks, and pencils. The buyer won’t know which of the three they will get as they will all come in the following black polybag.
In addition to the three normal varieties (color, ink, pencils) one lucky buyer will truly hit the jackpot as each artist created an original 1 of 1 sketch cover which was slipped in the mix as well. Here is J. Scott Campbell’s original sketch variant that he posted on his Facebook page. Sadly with the number of collector’s that will buy copies of these books and never open them its likely that a few of these original sketch variants will never see the light of day.
Here’s the full list of comics and artists:
Harley’s Little Black Book 1 – J. Scott Campbell
Justice League 47 – Jim Lee
Justice League Of America 6 – Joe Madureira
The Flash 47 – Terry Dodson
Green Arrow 47 – Tim Sale
Wonder Woman 47 – Amanda Conner
Superman 47 – Lee Bermejo
Batman 47 – Alex Ross
Harley Quinn 23 – Bruce Timm
Green Lantern 47 – Darwyn Cooke
Here is the complete collection of covers including each in full colors, inks, and pencils:
A couple of years ago my wonderful wife qcait bought me three old issues of Action Comics featuring Streaky the Supercat for my birthday. So I decided to write about them in here! This will be the first of my three part series going through each of these comics. The first issue we will look at is Action Comics 261 which is the first appearance, and origin of Streaky the Supercat. If you are wondering why Streaky doesn’t have top billing on the cover, this comic is old enough that they used to have multiple non-Superman stores in each issue of Action Comics. “Supergirl’s Super Pet!” is actually the third story in this comic along with “Superman’s Fortresses of Solitude!” and “Congorilla’s Last Stand!”. I actually didn’t read the other two stories as this comic is pretty old and I didn’t want to be handling it too much.
Streaky’s origin begins with Linda Lee aka Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl hanging out at her home, an orphanage. Her super vision spots a small piece of kryptonite falling from the sky. She quickly changes into Supergirl to go retrieve the small rock. Kara takes it back to her orphanage chemistry lab and begins experimenting with it to try find a way to reverse its effects. After believing her attempts have failed she tosses the Kryptonite out a window. Just then her new pet kitten happens to find the rock which, through her experiments, has become the new element x-kryptonite. The x-kryptonite gives Streaky superpowers which he immediately goes out on the town to show off. Supergirl hears Streaky’s distinct meow magnified over 50x so she goes to investigate and finds her new pet has super powers. The two go into space to play when suddenly Streaky’s powers are lost and he starts dropping back to earth. Kara quickly swoops him up and takes him safely back to the orphanage.
Here are my stray thoughts and observations. I was surprised to find out that Streaky was not actually from Krypton. I had always assumed with his stripe that he had somehow gotten to earth similar to Krypto the Superdog. I also did not know that Supergirl had an alter ego named Linda Lee. I’ve seen the Supergirl movie in which she uses that name, but like most people I immediately blocked the film out of my memory. I was also surprised that Supergirl wears a brown wig when she is her alter ego Linda Lee. I mean it makes sense, Superman’s glasses have to be the worse disguise of all time. I did laugh out loud when it said, “Next day, in a small chemical laboratory in the orphanage”. You know the small chemical labs that orphanages are all famous for having.
Overall I really liked the story. It was short (only 8 pages) but tells a nice little complete story. It also was corny (as the golden / silver age tend to be) but not so corny that it was unreadable. The art was fantastic, very detailed and able to emote a lot of action.
I don’t really collect a lot of high dollar comics so this is by far the oldest and most valuable comic I own. So I was a little afraid to handle it and in order to read it winded up scanning the complete Streaky story. Since I already went to the trouble of scanning the whole thing I figured I mine as well share the whole thing with you guys, so here it is the complete origin of Streaky the Supercat!
I’ve never heard of Day of Vengeance before. So I had to look them up on Wikipedia, which made me feel better that it wasn’t some long on going series I had never head of. Day of Vengeance is a limited series that came out as a prelude to DC’s Infinite Crisis event. Reading up on Wikipedia revealed there ate some complicated steps that happen before we get to Day of Vengeance 1. It centers around some stuff left over from Identity Crisis that is so comiplicated that I don’t really understand it, and don’t want to get in to it.
The long and short of it is that Day of Vengeance centers around The Spectre and the magical characters and elements of the DC universe.
The comic opens up with a vague scene of a woman locked up in a weird mansion. She is possibly getting tortured? It’s unclear what is going on and it ends with her putting a crystal to her chest and transforming into some sort of magical wizard or something. I’m assuming the series was purposefully vague about all this and it will come into play later on.
The comic then cuts to an introduction to Ragman which I appreciated, because I had never heard of him before. It was a pretty cool introduction, it shows him in action and gives the reader enough context to figure out what his deal is. The art is really fantastic and managed to make a character with a lame name like Ragman a interesting character. After our introduction Ragman is sent to help out The Enchantress who has been buried in a forest as collateral damage during a battle between The Spectre and Blackbriar Thorn.
Enchantress is like we have got to GTFO and Ragman transports the both of them to the Oblivion Bar (a hangout of magical folks).
Enchantress tries to gather a group of people together to fight The Spectre who she fears will lead to the death of every magical person. No one at the bar seems eager to take on one of the most powerful members of the magic community except Detective Chimp (yes a talking Chimp) who is ready to go.
The comic then ends with an allusive scene involving some mystic sending out SHAZAM to take out our new team.
Overall I enjoyed the comic. The story telling was engaging and had a good mix of exposition along with vague foreshadowing. The art was fantastic and did a good job of helping tell the story itself which helped cut down or pure expositional text. I think the mystical / magical side of DC is intriguing and would like to be more familiar with these characters. If I see Day of Vengeance collected in trade at a Half Priced books I will definitely pick it up.
In honor of the latest DC Original Animated Film Justice League: Gods and Monsters DC All Access put together a list of the Top 10 Moments from their library of 24 original movies.
I definitely agree with a few of these on the list. I think they were spot on with their number one pick and the scene from Superman vs. the Elite is definitely one of the best. The only moment that really stuck out in my mind that should of been on this list was the Joker reveal in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. I put a link below but if you haven’t seen it I’d suggest just going ahead and watching the whole movie.
With DC launching their new DC You titles and Marvel finally announcing their plans for after Secret Wars I decided to do a little Spring Summer Cleaning of the old Pull List. To start off, here is what my current Pull List looks like:
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin
Fight Club 2 (LS)
Jupiter’s Legacy (LS)
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman
*LS indicates it is a limited series and not ongoing
My ultimate goal is to bring this list down to a lean mean 10. Fight Club 2 is a limited series but is coming out monthly so I consider it a number in my list. Jupiter’s Legacy is so infrequent that while it is on the list I don’t really consider it a “monthly cost”.
Here are the books I dropped:
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin
Superman / Wonder Woman
These books aren’t bad but I find my self letting them stack up 3-4 months at a time with no desire to read them. I may pick them up as a trade later but as for now they are just costing me money. I never really enjoyed Jupiter’s Circle so it was the easiest book to drop. Jupiter’s Legacy has come out once so far this year so I feel pretty safe keeping it on my list. Wytches was ok but I’d rather read it collected 6 issues at a time in a trade rather than go monthly. Angela: Asgard’s Assassin and Gotham Academy were both pretty good for the first arc but I still lost interest. Superman / Wonder Woman has been good but it lost a lot of what I liked when they switched artists and it was no longer Tony S. Daniel.
Here are the new books I’m adding:
Old Man Logan
Justice League: Gods and Monsters
Justice League of America
This will have me pulling all of the main X-Men team books with the addition of the Old Man Logan solo book. I’ve been pulling All-New X-Men for a while now and while I’ve really enjoyed it, have missed out on crucial information by not pulling the other main X-Men Books. So with all of the Marvel books getting rebooted to number 1 it’s a good time to get in on the ground floor of all three main X-Men books at once.
The only ongoing new DC comic book that I’ll be adding is the new Justice League of America from Bryan Hitch. I’ve gone through the whole list of new DC books and this new JLA is really the only one that I’m interested in. I’ll be getting Justice League: Gods and Monsters but it is a limited series and will be ending on July 18th.
This is actually the first issue of the first on going Catwoman solo series that they ever created. It also happened to take place during the middle of the Batman Knightfall major event. If you don’t know that would be the event that lead to Batman’s back being broken by Bane and a guy named Jean-Paul Valley briefly taking over the cowl. This is important to note because there are a lot of references to Bane and him being in control of Gotham throughout this comic. I don’t think following along the Knightfall titles is necessary but it does put this book into context.
The overall story is pretty straightforward. Catwoman is up to her jewel stealing ways and is giving all that she steals directly to Bane. She isn’t pleased with this agreement but it seems like it’s what she’ll have to do for now. Other crime lords in the city want to attack Bane so they do so by attacking Catwoman who they describe as his love. I don’t remember there being a love story between Bane and Catwoman so its probably a misunderstanding they deal with later. Either way the book ends with them finding Catwoman’s apartment and shooting it with a rocket launcher. The last panel is an explosion with a to be continued.
Overall it was a pretty good book for a first issue. There was a cool part at the beginning where Catwoman tricks a guy into thinking she’s his wife and steals all her jewels. Catwoman is a badass in this book and while it ties into Batman she is her own strong black woman. There was one part that was especially amazing and that was Catwoman’s fence (person who sells her stolen goods) who wears crazy cat lady tee shirts. At least I think she was Catwoman’s fence, she doesn’t seem to have a real purpose other than she lives with or possibly just hangs out with Catwoman.
And lastly here are our two comic ads, first we have a grand opening of a Mile High Comics with Rob Liefeld! And then we have the greatest of fighting games on the Genesis.
Wonder Woman 178 is a good example of how confusing a comic can be if you try to just pick up a random issue. It’s hard to say what exactly is happening in this issue because I have no context for what is going on.
It starts off with a teenage girl and her friend reading through fan mail. We are told this is Cassie Sandsmark and she is the new Wonder Girl. We don’t really get much other information about her other than that. When going through her fan mail she finds a letter from her father which she is upset/surprised about? It looks like she hasn’t talked to her father in a long time but we really get no information about it. That’s pretty much the entire story involving Cassie.
So sandwiched between this story is a Wonder Woman story. And it revolves around Wonder Woman going on a date with a guy named Trevor Barnes, who is not Steve Trevor. So their date is them going to dinner and they have a snowball fight afterward. Trevor comes back to Wonder Woman’s place where some sort of dimensional warp or something has opened and some guy named Garth appears. He tells Wonder Woman that he needs her help to recover Aquaman’s trident which has been stolen. She agrees and tells Trevor they will finish their date when she gets back and the comic ends with a hydra coming through the dimensional portal and attacking Trevor.
There is also a backup story in this comic too called “Troia in Post Cards from the Edge”. It stars Donna Troy who is Wonder Woman’s sister and Wonder Girl (or generally is, who knows with this Cassie situation). The backup is only a couple pages and its Donna visiting Themyscira and taking pictures. She going to the training area where they convince her to suit up and spare with them, and when she does suddenly Fury is there and beating the shit out of her friend Rhea.
So the Cassie story is pretty confusing, I guess something recently happened that made her Wonder Girl and they have some plans for that but they don’t give you a lot to go off of. We also don’t know why she’s Wonder Girl and not Donna Troy.
The Wonder Woman story isn’t really very interesting either. I don’t know who that guy is she’s dating or really care that she’s going on a date. The only interesting thing to happen is this new quest she gets to find Aquaman’s trident but that is at the end and left as a cliff hanger.
The backup was all right but again really just raises a lot of question and not much happens.
I think this is one of those strange in between arc issues where they are sort of wrapping up a previous arc and sort of going into a new arc. It’s like those episodes of Dragon Ball Z where they just flex a lot and get ready for a fight and absolutely nothing is moved forward story wise. When done well this can be an opportunity for a comic series to have a good one off story in between major story arcs. However in this case it’s just an issue where nothing really happens. The art is also very so-so. The cover is done by Adam Hughes and is gorgeous, but the interiors are done by Roy Allan Martinez and very bland. It’s not the worst art and at times looks good but has this weird style that when it’s of close ups of peoples face makes them look like aliens.
It reminds me a little of Tim Sale’s art which I have the same on the fence feeling for where I can’t decide if I don’t like it because of how stylized it is. The story is pretty lame. I’m sure it makes more sense in context with a few issues around it but as a stand-alone comic it doesn’t really work. The rule is that any comic is some one’s first issue and it should give the reader enough to follow along with no context. This book could have done that with a little more explanation and with how little actually occurs in the issue its confusing why it didn’t.
Lastly, here are the two best ads from the comic, one for Rollerball and one for Disney channel.