Jun 042011

For your benefit, here’s a list of all the DC #1 issues that have been announced and their creative teams.  The revealed covers are at the bottom of the page.

Also, keep your ears, eyes, noses, and, uh, elbows peeled for upcoming information, exclusive to Pulp, that applies to all of these DC relaunch titles.

1. Aquaman #1 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis

2. Batgirl #1 by Gail Simone and Ardian Syaf (starring Barbara Gordon)

3. Batman #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

4. Batwoman #1 by J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman, and Amy Reeder

5. Captain Atom #1 by J.T. Krul and Freddie Williams II

6. DC Universe Presents #1 by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang

7. Detective Comics #1 written and drawn by Tony Daniel

8. Flash #1 by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul

9. The Fury of Firestorm by Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone, and Yildiray Cinar

10. Green Arrow #1 by J.T. Krul and Dan Jurgens

11. Green Lantern #1 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke

12. Green Lantern Corps #1 by Pete Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin (focuses on Guy Gardner and John Stewart)

13. Green Lantern:  The New Guardians #1 by Tony Bedard and Tyler Kirkham (this book would follow a group consisting of all the lantern colors lead by Kyle Rayner)

14. Grifter #1 by Nathan Edmondson and CAFU (Wildstorm character)

15. Savage Hawkman #1 by Tony Daniel and Philip Tan

16. Justice League #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee

17. Justice League International #1 by Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti

18. Legion Lost #1 by Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods

19. Mr. Terrific #1 by Eric Wallace and Roger Robinson

20. Nightwing #1 by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows

21. OMAC #1 by Dan Didio and Keith Giffen

22. Red Lanterns #1 by Peter Milligan and Ed Benes

23. Superman #1 written and drawn by George Perez

24. Teen Titans #1 by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth

25. Wonder Woman #1 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

26. Animal Man #1 by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman

27. Batman and Robin #1 by Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

28. Batman: The Dark Knight #1 written and drawn by David Finch

29. Birds of Prey#1 by  Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz

30. Catwoman #1 by Judd Winick and Guillem March

31. Superboy #1 by Scott Lobdell and R.B. Salva

32. Swamp Thing #1 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette

33. Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales

34. Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort

35. Batwing #1 by Judd Winick and Ben Oliver

36.  Supergirl #1 by Michael Green and Mike Johnson

37. Stormwatch #1 by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda

38. Justice League Dark #1 by Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin

39. Demon Knights #1 by Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves

40. Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE #1 by Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli

41. Resurrection Man #1 by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and Fernando Dagnino

42. I, Vampire #1 by Josh Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino

43. Voodoo #1 by Ron Marz and Sami Basri

44. Legion of Superheroes #1 by Paul Levitz and Francis Portela

45. Static Shock #1 by Felicia Henderson, John Rozum and Scott McDaniel

46. Hawk and Dove #1 by Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld

47. Suicide Squad #1 by Adam Glass and Marco Rudy

48. Blue Beetle #1 by Tony Bedard and Ig Guara

49. Deathstroke #1 by Kyle Higgins and Joe Bennett

50. Blackhawks #1 by Mike Costa and Ken Lashley

51. Sgt. Rock and the Men of War #1 by Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick

52. All-Star Western #1 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey, and Moritat

Jan 142011

I’d say a 500th birthday is kind of a big thing, wouldn’t you?

Well, this coming week, ole Tony Stark hits the big #500.  As Marvel is apt to do, the numbering on the Invincible Iron Man book has reverted to its original count with this issue; basically, if you were to count up every issue of the main Iron Man series to every be published it would reach 500.

Understandably not everyone has been with the book that long or even since Matt Fraction has been writing it.  But I’m here to tell you that this is the perfect jumping on point for a number of reasons.  One, Matt Fraction.  The guy has been writing his heart out on this book, bringing Tony back to prominence then tearing him down and doing it again.  Great, inventive stuff.  Two, the book just finished a big arc and, with this issue, will be starting a new one, which is always a good place to start.  And three, you get to see Tony die.  Whaaaaattt?

From an 500th issue to a zero issue.  Stemming off of the new Cartoon Network series Young Justice (I don’t care if you’re an adult or a child, if you like DC comics you gotta check this show out!) comes Young Justice #0.  Set in a slightly different version of the regular DC universe, this book focuses on the newly formed Young Justice team of Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West), Aqualad (the Brightest Day version), and Superboy.  Having been treated like kids by their adult counterparts in the Justice League, these “sidekicks” join forces to take down evil on their own terms and prove themselves to the League.  The creators of the show write the book and Mike Norton of the Crankcast and Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam fame draws the pictures.

Sticking with DC, but moving far, far away from the kid-friendly fare is Vertigo Crime’s newest release, Rat Catcher.  If you got some mob snitches or underworld double dealers, you call a rat catcher to euthanize them.  This graphic novel follows one such individual as he attempts to allude a embittered FBI agent who wants him brought in.  A mystery-laden cat-and-rat chase, this book, written by the talented Andy Diggle of The Losers fame, should be one of the best offerings from the Vertigo Crime line so far.  If you’re looking for a tense, complete story wrapped in a professional hardcover package, Rat Catcher or, frankly, any of the other Crime releases are what you want.

Okay, for the next book I should just have to say the two words that make up its title.

Time.  Lincoln.

Oh, yeah.

This sequel to the original issue of Time Lincoln from a couple of months back has the time traveling president fighting Void Stalin’s evil forces in the 1920′s.  He’s not fighting them alone, though, no sir, Amelia Earhart and Lucky Lindy lend a hand.  Or is it a fist?  Come on folks, it’s a book Abraham Lincoln using H.G. Wells’ time machine to fight evil.  And its subtitle is Apocalypse Mao.  What more could you want?

If anyone ever tried to convince me there is a thing as too much Batman, I would slap them across the face.  It’s just an impossibility.  To prove my point, the new Batman Dark Crusader mini-statue arrives next Wednesday.  Based on Alex Ross’ Justice artwork, this miniaturization of the previously released larger sculpt just packs all the awesomeness of the original into a smaller, cheaper package.  If you’ve been searching for that statue that is the most perfect rendition of Batman, then Alex Ross brings it to you.