I couldn't find confirmation, but I think Booster Gold #1,000,000 is due out this week, too. If it comes out, I'll be picking that up as well.
Be sure to let me know if you think I've missed anything you think I should be reading and enjoy the previews!
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank and Jon Sibal
In "Brainiac," Part 2 of 4, Brainiac arrives in Earth's orbit as the specter of death begins to close in on Superman. The Man of Steel has fought Brainiac many times before, but he's utterly unprepared for his old foe this time. And if that weren't enough, thousands of invader probes have been launched with the sole mission of destroying all technology on Earth! Dramatic changes are ahead for Superman, and it all starts with this attack!
Kirk Says: "Brainiac" started off with a lot of promise last month and it looks like Johns will be picking up the pace with this issue.
One thing that I hope happens is that this supposed invasion and destruction of all Earth's technology is reflected in scenes showing other heroes stepping up to help. I can't imagine the JLA or JSA not taking notice of something like this.
BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #19
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Kevin Maguire
Batgirl and Catwoman keep crossing paths and wrestling over a notebook stolen from Commissioner Gordon. But who's the mysterious third party involved? And where's he pointing that big gun?
Kirk Says: I've been loving Fabian and Maguire's arc on Confidential and am really looking forward to more of the same in this month's issue. Does anyone know what Maguire's been doing lately? I can't think of any comics he's done besides this one outside of a random mini-series or what have you. I'd love to see him return to a monthly comic again, like Booster Gold or JLA.
DETECTIVE COMICS #846
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs
A "Batman: R.I.P." issue — and part 1 of the 5-part story "The Return of Hush!"
Readers who were surprised by Catwoman's return last month haven't see anything yet as Hush makes a dramatic return to the life of Batman. What will this mean for Bruce Wayne? This epic story kicks off the countdown to DETECTIVE #850!
Kirk Says: I don't see this issue having anything, whatsoever, to do with Batman RIP, especially after Grant Morrison has said he has no clue what these tie-ins are about and that his story is self-contained in Batman, but I like most of Dini's Detective run and am always a fan of Catwoman and Batman together, so I'll be picking this up to see what happens.
FINAL CRISIS: REQUIEM
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
A very special FINAL CRISIS one-shot honoring the passing of a great hero who's been a staple in the DC Universe for years. All that remains is one final memory that the League experiences together as they must fulfill his last wishes or die trying.
Kirk Says: I'm only buying this because of Tomasi and Mahnke, who last teamed up for the amazing Black Adam mini-series last year. I have no interest in the Martian Manhunter and I'm completely indifferent to the fact he was "killed" by Grant Morrison in Final Crisis, so I'm mostly relying on the creative team to make this interesting for me and I'm confident that Tomasi and Mahnke can do just that.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Paul Pelletier
Beware the return of…Starhawk! First it was the recovery of a ceratin world-famous shield…and now the enigmatic Starhawk reigns death from above! How and why is this original Guardian of the Galaxy here in our reality, and what does his ominous arrival mean for our motley crew of freedom fighters? The mysteries continue to deepen and the craziness comes hot and heavy in the book that ComicPants.com raves “packs more awesome than the rest of Marvel and DC’s lineup combined.”
Kirk Says: I'm liking Guardians of the Galaxy and it's definitely one of the best new titles to come out this year, but I'm still a little put off by the narrative and a few other quirks in the title. Thus, this title has yet to grab me like Abnett and Lanning's Nova title, but it's still a great title in its own right.
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #3
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Salvador Larroca
Iron Man’s new ongoing series soars to armor-melting speeds! New fans, get in on this one now, ‘cause the getting is good! Longtime Iron Man readers, strap in, because Tony Stark’s about
to face a shocking new menace…one that’s oddly familiar! Is this all part of Ezekiel Stane’s
unstoppable plan to destroy his sworn enemy, Iron Man?! Has Tony’s incomparable intellect, genius technical acuity and vast business acumen finally met their match in the brilliant young Zeke? How’s ol’ Tony gonna get out of this one? Written by Matt Fraction (IMMORTAL IRON FIST) with mind-blowing art by Salvador Larroca (UNCANNY X-MEN)!
Kirk Says: With Director of SHIELD going down the toilets and more than likely being lined up for cancellation now that the Knaufs are off it, I'm going to either have to start liking Fraction's movie-like Invincible Iron Man if I'm going to keep getting my Iron Man fix in the future.
It's not that Invincible is a bad title. It's more that it's so different from the Knauf's take and much more simplified, in terms of Tony's personality, Extremis and his present day continuity, that it feels like I'm reading a new Ultimate version of Iron Man instead of the 616 iteration and it's just been rather jarring for me. New readers should love this book, though.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #17
Written by Geoff Johns and Alex Ross
Art by Dale Eaglesham and Prentis Rollins
In Part 2 of "Gog," the Justice Society of America is split down the middle as their allegiance to the being known as Gog has disrupted the team. Are Gog's motives on the level, or is it all some insidious plot to destroy mankind?
Kirk Says: After one of the slowest paces in any story I've ever read, the whole Thy Kingdom Come thing is finally starting to go somewhere with Gog revealed and seemingly a good guy. Hopefully Johns will keep this story moving and not throw away any of the momentum he's finally started building in these last few issues.
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Wellinton Alves
Face-to-really-big-face with Galactus! He’s attempted to save evacuees, he’s tried to bring down a horrifying serial killer, he’s even gone one-on-one with the Silver Surfer…but now our lone space cop must take his plight directly to the Big G himself! But the question is: will this universal force of nature even listen? It’s got Galactus, Silver Surfer, Nova, crazy twists and pretty art—so don’t you owe it to yourself to check out the book that Ain’t It Cool News says “knocked my socks off with each and every issue”?
Kirk Says: Odd solicitation for this title. I was under the impression Galactus was done with the planet since he destroyed it last issue. Probably an outdated solicit, but the cover even has the Big G and Silver Surfer on the cover, so I guess their part of the story isn't over yet. Nova's one of the best book's on the market and this arc has been one of the best.
SECRET INVASION #4
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Leinel Yu
The world has turned upside down! The Skrulls have taken the Earth as part of their empire, the Avengers and Initiative are scattered...but there are two people who want some answers. One has a hammer and one has a shield.
Kirk Says: I can't believe it's only the 4th issue. It feels like this event has been going on for ages and we're only half way done. On top of that, nothing has even happened yet. It's been three issues of set up and Bendis dicking us around with "who's a Skrull?" and over the top action scenes that lack any substance or impact. Maybe the introduction of Nick Fury last issue will finally be enough to "start" this event.
With two of the faster workers, Bendis and Yu, on the title, Marvel really should have considered a bi-monthly schedule. Oh wait, silly me. You can't cash-in on 8 months of tie-ins that way.
ULTIMATE ORIGINS #2
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Butch Guice
Revealed: The secret history of the Ultimate Universe! For the first time in 70 years, a strange object within Project Pegasus has awoken – as bit by fascinating bit, the long buried mysteries are being exposed! Journey back to World War II, and discover that the deadliest threat to young Steve Rogers was not the Nazis, but an ancient threat from worlds beyond! The dream team of Brian Michael Bendis (SECRET INVASION) and Butch Guice (CAPTAIN AMERICA,) continue the Ultimate series of the year that is a must-read lead-in to ULTIMATUM!
Kirk Says: *note - this is just copy and pasted from last week's previews since it was pushed back to this week
The first issue didn't really offer up much story in my opinion. At least, not enough to justify the price. It also read incredibly fast, like under 2 minutes, easily. I gave it an Avoid It verdict, but it was more on principle than the actual quality of the book. You just weren't missing anything by not picking up that issue. Mutants were created by evil Canadians with Wolverine as the first mutant, Nick Fury was a super soldier test subject and that's all you need to know about last issue. Two pages and the rest was all, basically, filler.
So, while I was disappointed with the first issue, I'm hoping the second will follow up on those two major happenings with some actual story and content this time around. For those still wary, I'd wait on the trade to save yourself some money.
WONDER WOMAN #22
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan
"Ends of the Earth" Part 3 of 4! Trapped on a world where her powers have betrayed her and brutal combat rules the day, Wonder Woman struggles to survive long enough to complete her unholy quest. But will victory cost Wonder Woman her soul? Featuring the long-awaited return of some of the most savage characters in DCU history, not to mention all-out war between Diana's Gorilla Knights and the Department of Metahuman Affairs!
Kirk Says: Wonder Woman has been one of DC's best since Gail Simone took over and she's made me a fan of a book and character I've typically hated and avoided at all costs over the years.
This Ends of the Earth storyline seems to be building to something important and has been entertaining so far and would make a good jumping on point for anyone interested in giving the character a shot or trying out a new book.