Bruce Castle’s DC March Solicits

Ok, so last month Dclebeau came up with a fun idea of going over some of the solicitations we get monthly. I thought about doing a Marvel one last month, but I was too busy. I should totally just wait to do a Marvel one this time, but I can’t help it. DC is the better universe right now. I’ll only cover the books I’m reading though, so it won’t be too many. Still, sorry for stealing your thunder Lebeau.

FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF 3 WORLDS #5
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by George Pérez & Scott Koblish
Covers by George Pérez
This is it! The time-stopping finale to this FINAL CRISIS tie-in arrives as Superman, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl battle Time Trapper while Prime and the Legion of Super-Villains engage in an all-out war with the Legions! Leading into the all-new ADVENTURE COMICS #1!
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 March 25 • 5 of 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

This book started in August. Issue #3 isn’t even out yet. I like it, but how the hell can this be Final Crisis when that ends in January? Oh well, hopefully these issues will be good since they’re so late. That makes sense, right?

BATMAN: BATTLE FOR THE COWL #1
Written by Tony Daniel
Art by Tony Daniel & Sandu Florea
Covers by Tony Daniel
“Batman: R.I.P.” and FINAL CRISIS saw the end of Batman. Now, months following the disappearance of her protector, Gotham City sits at a precipice and it may be too far gone for Nightwing, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and the rest of the city’s heroes to save the day. Amid the fires, rioting, looting and gang warfare, one question rings out from the souls of Gotham’s desperate citizens: Where is Batman?
With guest-stars galore, the destruction of a sacred Gotham City institution and an ending that will have everyone talking, this 3-issue miniseries event written and drawn by Tony Daniel (The Tenth) features the battle to take on the Mantle of the Bat. Who has earned the right? Who thinks they deserve it? Robin? Nightwing? Jason Todd? Two-Face? Catwoman? Batgirl? Who will ultimately win the BATTLE FOR THE COWL?
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Tony Daniel), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Tony Daniel). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale March 11 • 1 of 3 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

“The end of Batman” in Final Crisis? So, I guess Didio really did make Morrison move his RIP “reveal” to Final Crisis? Oh well, I’m sure Final Crisis #6 will still kick ass. I like that cover. Maybe Tony Daniel is a good artist. Will he be a good writer? So, look at the cover again. Let’s see, Nightwing in the middle of course, Damian, Batwoman, Huntress, Catwoman, and Wildcat?! WTF?! The solicit talks about who will battle for the cowl. Two-Face, Batgirl and Jason Todd (Robin too, but Damien could be Robin) are not on that cover. Or are they? Could Two-Face be the new Wildcat? Stay tuned!

SIMON DARK #18
Written by Steve Niles
Art and cover by Scott Hampton
Can there truly be life after death? Simon and his family of friends must cope with the gruesome aftermath of a profound loss. But the load may be too heavy for Simon’s shoulders to bear. Has his time as Gotham’s darkest protector come to a close? Must he give up his dreams of a normal life?
FINAL ISSUE • On sale March 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Ok, I lied. I won’t pick this up, but I will talk about it. I like Steve Niles. It’s weird because I’ve only read a few 30 Days of Night books. I’ve wanted to read more of his stuff, but I just haven’t yet. I heard this book was pretty popular. I thought about reading it, but again I didn’t and now it dies. Too bad. Someday Mr. Niles, I’ll pick up one of your books and I’ll love it as much as I loved the first 30 Days of Night series.

GREEN LANTERN #40
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Philip Tan & Jonathan Glapion
Variant cover by Rodolfo Migliari
“Agent Orange” part 2! The prelude to “The Blackest Night” continues as the war of light explodes across the Vega System. It’s the Green Lantern Corps vs. the bizarre Orange Lantern Corps led by the most disgusting, filthiest, vilest being in the universe. But now that Agent Orange has been disturbed, what does that mean to the rest of the universe? Plus, John Stewart battles alongside his newest ally…Fatality?
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Philip Tan & Jonathan Glapion), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Rodolfo Migliari). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale March 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Philip Tan! I’m so glad he has a home after he finishes Final Crisis: Revelations. He’s a pretty awesome newcomer and hey he’s nice too. I met him at Comic-Con this year. It was right before Revelations #1 and I got a sketch of Dr. Light from him. “I have a feeling something bad will happen to him” I said. I am so smart! Humble too! And hey, it sounds like John Stewart is in the spotlight this issue. Cool!

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #25
Written by Geoff Johns & Jerry Ordway
Art by Jerry Ordway & Bob Wiacek
Cover by Alex Ross
Variant cover by Dale Eaglesham & Nathan Massengill
The “Black Adam and Isis” epic concludes here! With Billy Batson banished from the Rock of Eternity, the Justice Society calls upon an old friend to help in the battle against the Black Marvel family and stop Black Adam and Isis once and for all!
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 Dale Eaglesham & Nathan Massengill). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale March 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

So, will Mary Marvel still be evil after Final Crisis? Did you all hear about Johns leaving this book after #26? So sad. I wonder who the new creative team will be of course. I might be out soon. If I do leave, I’m glad the last story will be about Black Adam. Ever since 52, that guy has been one of my favorite villains.

SECRET SIX #7
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood
Cover by Nicola Scott
It’s the big finale of the first arc and a punishing battle royal, Gotham City style, as the bloody, ragged remains of the Secret Six fight their way through throngs of Gotham City heroes and villains. And when the dust finally settles, the man pulling the strings of this whole affair will finally be revealed! Guest stars, betrayals and bad taste galore in this powerful issue!
On sale March 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

I have an unhealthy obsession with this book. I loved Villains United. I loved the Secret Six mini. This is better than both of those. I don’t know how that’s possible. Why is the first arc seven issues and not six? Shouldn’t all these arcs be six issues long? Oh well. Next solicits we’ll find out if the creative team stays the same for the new arc. I will lose my mind if it changes. Please guys, with all the DC books dying these days, check this book out. I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone disliking this yet.

BATMAN: MAD LOVE AND OTHER STORIES HC
Written by Paul Dini, Bruce Timm & Glen Murakami
Art and cover by Bruce Timm, Mike Parobeck, Matt Wagner, Dan DeCarlo, Klaus Janson and Glen Murakami
Cover by Bruce Timm
Tales by two of the creators behind the acclaimed Batman Animated TV series are collected for the first time in hardcover!
The centerpiece of this fantastic collection is the Eisner Award-winning BATMAN: MAD LOVE, the surprisingly dark origin of Harley Quinn, co-starring The Joker and Poison Ivy as well as Batman. Also included are tales by Dini, Timm and others that feature the Scarecrow, Ra’s al Ghul, Mr. Freeze, Batgirl and more, from BATMAN ADVENUTURES ANNUAL #1-2 and stories from the BATMAN ADVENTURES HOLIDAY SPECIAL, ADVENTURES IN THE DC UNIVERSE #3 and BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #1!
Advance-solicited; on sale May 20 • 208 pg, FC, $19.99 US

I am such a hardcover whore. I loved the animated series so damn much! Who didn’t? So if you love hardcovers and dislike crappy trades, pick this up! One question though, why couldn’t they include that Poison Ivy mini? That was Dini and Timm and it would fit perfectly with this. Oh well, maybe someday.

Ok I’m done. That wasn’t too much, was it lebeau? What did you guys think of these solicits? Pretty boring, right? I guess the big events won’t kick off until about May. There was something that did excite me. Something that pretty much inspired this post.

Check out this week’s Lying in the Gutters.

“Grant Morrison is indeed writing a monthly Batman book after “Final Crisis”/”Whatever Happened To…”/ “Battle For The Cowl” and the like have wrapped.

And the penciller?

Get ready.

DC people tell me it’s one Frank Quitely.”

Yahoo! Hooray! Wave your hands in the air! And so on. So Grant Morrison is back on Batman. That’s fantastic. Is Tony Daniel back? Nope, it’s Frank Quitely. Forget Batman and Robin! Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely are the real Dynamic Duo. One of the best teams in comics baby! I do have one concern. How long will Frank be on the book? I love the guy, but he is sssssllllloooowwww. If you thought the Batman RIP issues were late, you probably won’t be happy unless Quitely gets his ass in gear. Anyway, that’s your DC March Solicits!

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