Friday, December 16, 2022

Jeering & Solicitations MARCH 2023



Across the Multiverse, Kal-Els are being murdered. Val-Zod, the Superman of Earth-2, believes only one man can help stop the killing—Kal-El's son, Jon Kent! Jon will have to step across dimensions and face the killer of the Kal- Els, the monstrous Ultraman, the man who kidnapped and tortured him for years. And Val-Zod is not acting alone in trying to save the Supermen. Who is the mysterious woman alongside him? And what is her shocking connection

to the Super-Family?

C'mon. Ultraman's a putz. Leave him alone.



Superman is overwhelmed as Parasite's new powers are unleashed! Can Superman stop all of Metropolis from being consumed by the power-hungry Parasite or will he need Lex Luthor's help to save the day? Introducing a new antihero—Marilyn Moonlight, the Spirit of Metropolis—who only operates at night! Is she friend or foe to the Man of Steel?! And how does she connect to Metropolis's secret past?

I SHOULD think Marilyn Moonlight is stupid. But it sounds SO stupid that's ... Silver Age Awesome.  Who'da thunk they'd rebrand Nocturna and sic her on Superman?



"No livin' thing's supposed to have power like this. No matter how blue your eyes are or how pretty your face is, you're just as much a monster as me."

War rages on between Metropolis's two men of steel, Superman and Metallo! As Metallo's new body continues to evolve in unexpected and nightmarish ways, the voice of his "operating system" has been changing too, testing the limits of his sanity. Finally, when his alien tech takes on a life of its own and infects the most violent members of the Blue Earth movement, the resultant abominations target Superman's greatest strength and greatest weakness: his family! Introducing the first appearance of the Necrohive!

"Necrohive" sounds sketchily '90s. But the Blue Earth movement reminds me of the White Triangle and that's a good template for a Superman foe.  I can feel the "Superman Triangle Era" vibe building.




After Superman is called away on a routine Justice League mission, Lois Lane awakens to find a complete stranger standing in her living room. The Man of Steel, home much sooner than expected, reveals he has, in fact, been lost

in space for 20 years. Nothing and no one seem familiar to him anymore, and the timeless bond between them has been severed...or has it? Can love conquer all? Superman's 85th anniversary celebration continues with this allnew

blockbuster 10-issue series from the creators of the Eisner-nominated Deathstroke series!

Still trying to parse "routine Justice League mission".  The League shouldn't HAVE routine missions. Routine missions do not require the Justice League.  Anyway... I've already read the Odyssey.  


After the events of Lazarus Planet, the gods of the Multiverse have decided to take down the heroes they once called champions and the world they've sworn to protect. For years the gods sat idle atop their mountains as their

legends faded into obscurity along with their bodies. Now is their time to remind the selfish mortals of their existence and take back the world with something more powerful than belief…fear. Only the brave heroes Wonder Woman and Shazam stand in their way, but will their combined powers be enough?

Look; I like the gods. I worship them!  But I have lost count of the number of times someone decided that "The Gods Get Angry and Turn Against Us" or "Disappear" or "Return with a Vengeance" was the story they needed to tell. Again.  

You want to tell a story with the gods that will interest me? Pick ONE of them to commit a small act (from their perspective) of revenge or punishment or reward and let it cause ENORMOUS chaos. Because that's how those stories generally work (e.g. the Apple of Discord).  Using "the gods of the Multiverse" doesn't make your story seem bigger; it just makes the gods seem smaller.


The gods have leveled up, and Shazam is no match for them! After Wonder Woman's changing of sides to save her Amazon sisters, Billy must use his quickly fading wisdom of Solomon to formulate a plan to stop his world's destruction. Little does he know a secret ally awaits him in Olympus…but how will he make it there? Sounds like a job for Wonder Girl!

Gods do not "level up". Team Flash "levels up".  Anyway, I don't know much about this new Wonder Girl; she sounds a bit heavy-handed but... Wonder Woman has never been known for its subtlety.  Frankly, I'm just glad they've agreed to stop pushing "Donna Troy", continuity's biggest mistake, and as much as liked Young Justice's Wonder Girl, anyone rooted in WW's supporting cast is doomed, because Diana sheds supporting casts as if they were last year's mini's at a mod boutique shop.


The Revenge of the Gods continues in this can't-miss tie-in! After Diana's shocking choice to align herself with the gods, her world has changed. Could godhood be the answer to all her problems? Find out as Diana ascends! Plus, don't miss a special Shazam story starring the new champion!

Wonder Woman's apotheosis is another story trope I've lost count of.  I bet Ed Indelicato and Hoppy and Trevor Barnes maintain a website in the DCU that just does nothing but update whether Diana is a god that day ("Wonder Woman IS NOT a god today. Check back tomorrow!")  and Veronica Cale has someone check it every day.



For centuries Ra's al Ghul has wanted to save the Earth from the worst of humankind, and for centuries he has failed. Recently his greatest obstacle has been the Dark Knight Detective, Batman. Ra's offered Batman a chance to be a part of his new world order, but Batman refused. For years their cold war has raged, but Ra's will have no more. Ra's will remove Batman from the equation and save the world, re-creating it in his image and bringing the peace and prosperity all the good-hearted souls of this Earth deserve. Don't miss this epic tragedy from the all-star creative team of Tom Taylor (Nightwing, Superman: Son of Kal-El, DCeased) and Ivan Reis (Detective Comics, Blackest Night): the last of the One Bad Day specials, and one of the most epic to date.

An epic tragedy? Oh, no! Is Ra's going to DIE?!??!  Also, things are either epic or they are tragedies, they are not both.  And these One Bad Days... are not epic. 



Everyone goes insane eventually. And then they belong to the terrifying Red Mask! But Gotham City has a new savior. He strikes from the shadows, exhumes the dead, and is known only as…the Batman.

And in our backup story, Tim Drake's search for Batman continues as he and Superman, Jon Kent, team up to stop the terror of the Toyman!

"Everyone goes insane eventually." Including whoever hired Chip Zdarsky to write Batman.


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The gothic opera crashes into a crescendo as Batman goes head-to-head with an Azmer demon…unaware that it is is someone in Bruce Wayne's life. Meanwhile, a mysterious team called the Vigil arrives to investigate the Azmer sightings—but who are the Vigil, and are they on Batman's side? Then, in the backup: With Mrs. Freeze only a pale image of the woman Victor Fries fell in love with—what is he to do now to save her?

GOTHIC OPERA? This looks like a job for the GOTHAM OPERATIC CRIMES DIVISION! I hope they put at end to all this demonic nonsense.


When the Deadly Duo's investigation brings them into the catacombs under Gotham, Batman and The Joker's adventure becomes a trip into hell. If you thought this series had already shown you its horrors, get ready for a descent into the heart of darkness as Batman and The Joker's true enemy is revealed.

You know, when I was a child, "Batman teams up with the Joker" is the kind of thing my friends and I used to PLAY at the pool.  Because, you know, no sensible ADULT would play that.


Harley's back in Coney for a long-overdue reunion with old friends, old haunts, and…an old time machine?

You heard right! A mysterious benefactor has left Harley a time machine, and after giving it about a half second of thought, she decides to take it for a joyride. What could go wrong, right? Funny you should ask. Turns out a quick trip through time can screw up a few things…namely, the entire DC Universe!

"Harley Screws Up the DCU".  No argument there.


Ever have one of those days where ya just can't catch a break? A day where you're really trying not to get into trouble while your girlfriend is out of town, but then some jerk attacks you at brunch, you get arrested for some teensy-weensy property damage, and you're sentenced to community service? Why, I tell you, it's enough to make a gal start seein' cartoon fishies every which way and such! Also featuring a very special in-continuity dream of Harley Quinn starring, you guessed it, moi, in the role of a lifetime—the magical-girl-clown protector of Gotham City!

Doesn't "magical-girl-clown" just say it ALL?  It's like someone dialed up "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" on the H Dial 30 years ago and forgot how to change back.  



After the events of Lazarus Planet, more people than ever have active metagenes! Most of these new metahumans have become misfits, shunned and imprisoned by a fearful society. They are hidden away in the dark, lost to a system that only sees them as weapons or guinea pigs—ticking time bombs that can only be defused by the Unstoppable Doom Patrol! Robotman, Elasti-Woman, and Negative Man are joined by their brand-new teammates Beast Girl and Degenerate and led by Crazy Jane's mysterious new alter, the Chief, on a mission of saving the world by saving the monsters!

A comic book featuring one of DC's currently hottest teams because of several seasons of a television show. Imagine.   "A mission of saving the world by saving the monsters" actually seems like a clever, unique, and appropriate role for the DP.  Given that nowadays, Batman and Superman are facing off against Mr. Nobody, the idea that DP takes on things "too strange for other heroes!" doesn't hold water. I mean, I've seen the Martian Manhunter fight an evil sentient orchestra.  


The Fraction is moments away from victory, but they forgot about one thing…an almost-10-year-old with red hair and the power to turn things around. Finally, Irey West has found her new superhero name, and she intends to use it while saving the Flash Family from certain doom!

How spunky.


The Flash Family retreats, mourning the loss of their family members, while Barry tries to find a way to stop the Fraction once and for all. Surprises abound as the past is revisited and we hurtle toward the end of the One-Minute War!

Is it Wally's kids and Linda Park-West? Fingers crossed.


Gotham is being overwhelmed by Grimm! They keep appearing in every corner of the city, and the only lead the Dark Knight has is the four mysterious girls he just met. Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang explain to Batman and the assembled Bat-Family how they landed in Gotham. But just as some pieces start to coalesce, a horde of Grimm are converging on the worst possible location: Arkham Asylum!

I... I... I'm really sorry I looked this up.


How do you announce winter is coming to an end? You spring it on them! Welcome the springtime with a celebration of DC's greenest and greatest. As the flowers bloom, breathe in that Swamp Thing smell. Watch the Blue Beetles fly out from Titans West. Pick a Captain Carrot or two from Floronic Man's garden, but make sure to avoid the Poison Ivy. The season may go by in a Flash, but don't worry—stories like these last forever. Oh, and Wonder Woman will be there, too!

I like this sort of theming.  It's memorable. DC should do more of this sort of thing to showcase the breadth of the DCU. "We have more PLANT characters lying around than most universes have characters period."


In the early 1980s, as the Cold War stubbornly refuses to thaw, a new battle heats up…for the soul of the intelligence agency Checkmate. As the agency's super-heroic public face, Jackson King—a.k.a. the armored Battalion, former leader of Stormwatch and the symbol of American might—has long suspected that Adeline Kane is up to dirty tricks overseas, engineering horrors that betray everything he believes about service to one's country. But King doesn't know that Kane has a clever new ally—an ambitious young woman named Amanda Waller. She has her own ideas about how metahumans can serve their country. And honor, dignity, and long lives don't factor into them…

National security reporter Spencer Ackerman (the Daily Beast, Reign of Terror), comics and video game writer Evan Narcisse (Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Gotham Knights), and veteran artist Jesús Merino (Wonder Woman, The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox) celebrate WildStorm's legacy of espionage-flavored superhero morality plays, pitting Stormwatch against the deadliest people in the DCU—including Deathstroke himself!

GODS I'm sick of Amanda Waller.  


One former avatar wasn't enough to take down the savage champion the Green created to wipe out the last of humanity…so another avatar will have to do what Alec Holland couldn't! It's time to unleash the Animal Woman!

I keep thinking that one day the Swamp Thing will get its head unstuck from the ass of its own mythos. But that's the fate of every mythos that is Made Great by One Great Writer and then abandoned to the less bold.


As if vigilantes hunting down Bang Babies in the streets weren't enough, Virgil learns that his young friend Quincy is manifesting powers—making him their next target! Meanwhile, down in the shadows, Ebon is investigating a connection between the vigilantes and the disappearance of his brother, Rubberband Man!

This actually sounds kind of cool.


With time itself under Hardware's control, the hierarchy of power in the Dakotaverse has changed! Having altered events so the Big Bang never happened, Curtis Metcalf now finds himself as the head of Alva Industries—but the world is still on the brink of chaos! Can Hardware stop his alternate-timeline self from dooming us all? Does he want to? Because if he won't, it'll fall to Icon…and crossing Icon is never wise!

The only word I care about is this paragraph is "Dakotaverse". I pray that the resurgence of the expansive Multiverse (rather than Grant Morrison Design Project) has given the "Dakotaverse" its own world. It deserves it. 


Rolando "Tech-9" Texador and Hannibal "Wise Son" White return to the Paris Island suburb of Dakota City after military tours overseas—but life in Dakota City could not be more different.

While Icon and Rocket have been away patrolling the rest of the world, superpowered "Bang Babies" have been forming rival gang factions and terrorizing the island. With gang leader Holocaust's ascent and the rallying of his super-powered army, who protects the neighborhood when the capes aren't watching? Tech-9, Wise Son, and their childhood friend Carlos "Fade" Quinones will have to rally together rival gang members to have a chance to save their home—if they can stop fighting each other!

See, this is the kind of story you can tell when you homestead these characters in their own universe rather than being cooped up on Earth-1 (or whatever we call it now).  



Tom King and Mitch Gerads, the Eisner Award-winning duo behind Mister Miracle, The Sheriff of Babylon, and Strange Adventures, reunite to dive deep into the mind of Batman's most intellectual foe…the Riddler. The Riddler has killed a man in broad daylight for seemingly no reason, but…there's always a reason. The Riddler is always playing a game; there are always rules. Batman will reach his wit's end trying to figure out the Riddler's true motivation in this epic psychological thriller. This deluxe hardcover collects the first critically acclaimed, bestselling installment of the Batman - One Bad Day series.

Because THAT's something everyone wants in hardcover to put next to the family Bible. A pig in a dress is just a wasted dress, DC, you ain't foolin' nobody.



The Riddler is back in Gotham City in a big way, becoming a media personality and using his newfound influence to wreak havoc on the Dark Knight. As Batman chases down clues to put an end to Riddler's machinations, the clock ticks away for the citizens of Gotham whom Edward Nygma has placed in the line of fire. It's the final arc of Mariko

Tamaki's epic run on Detective Comics, co-written by Nadia Shammas with art by the legendary Ivan Reis. And in "Gotham Girl, Interrupted," the critically acclaimed team of Sina Grace and David Lapham bring Gotham Girl back into the Batman universe in a thrilling murder mystery that speaks to her origins. Collects Detective Comics #1059-1061.

This sounds like a apropriate use of the Riddler.  We'll see.


Batman meets one of his most peculiar foes of all time when he encounters the gangster known as…the Squid! Plus, a trip to the circus gives Dick Grayson an eerie sense of déjà vu when he sees a performance by young acrobat Jason Todd—the boy fated to inherit the mantle of Robin! This facsimile edition reprints the first cameo appearance of Jason Todd and includes all the original ads from the 1983 periodical.

Gotham's "Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" gets a facsimile edition?  Um... okay.  Perhaps these are now for interesting or unique (if not original) stories from DC's past, rather than important ones.  That might actually... be a better use for them.


Someone has stolen from Professor Pyg, and he's ready to burn down Gotham to get his property back. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone will pay. With Batman gone, Batman Incorporated must return to Gotham before the city is nothing more than ashes.

<eyeroll>.  Look, I have been willing to give Batman Inc a chance, but you're not helping with the continued stupidity of "Professor Pyg".



In the pages of World's Finest, Batman, Robin, and Superman have traversed some of the DCU's most iconic locations and teamed up with the likes of the Teen Titans, Doom Patrol, and Supergirl, but none of that will prepare them as they must go across the globe in search of Rex Mason, a.k.a. Metamorpho, the Element Man! The World's Finest Strangest Adventure begins here!

Fun. Fun is good.


The Joker's right-hand man, Straightman, isn't quite feeling himself lately. He keeps experiencing moments…flashbacks…of a life he doesn't remember. After a recent run-in with the Clown Prince and his stoic enforcer, Batman starts to unravel the man's past, but it lands him smack dab in the crosshairs of Amanda Waller and Task Force X!

See? "Straightman". That's how it's done, people.  A character called for the internal logic of the characters involved, who then is allowed to grow bit by bit.  In case Whoever Created Punchline has forgotten, that's how Harley Quinn became popular.  


In the 24th century B.C., having proclaimed himself pharaoh, the mighty Adam finds himself surrounded by enemies while discovering that holding the throne is a lot harder than seizing it. Meanwhile, in the present, those same enemies from the Old Kingdom now threaten modern-day Kahndaq as, amid civil unrest, a resurrected Ibac the Invincible conspires with Adam's political rival.

All I have to say is: thanks, DC, for remembering that most of "Ancient Egypt" was in fact as ancient to the ANCIENTS as the ancients are to US.  


Superman and Batman come looking for Jaime in Palmera City. After weeks of attacks with Blue Beetle directly at the center, the World's Finest can't sit by any longer. They're going to get to the bottom of Jaime's connection to the impending Reach invasion, even if it means putting an end to his life as a hero!

... Isn't this ALWAYS Jaime's story? Can someone write another? I like that kid; he deserves a  second story.


Nightwing is a great leader, not just because Batman trained him, or because of how Alfred raised him, or even because he has a heart of gold—it's because of his friends, and now that the Titans are in Blüdhaven with him, they can leap into the light together…which is perfect timing for the demon of darkness Neron to do something about it.

Neron? Ugh. No bad idea ever gets forgotten.  Meanwhile, entire generations are growing up without knowing the glory of Killer Moth.


Anonymous said...

Jaime Reyes and the Reach ... yeah, I feel like that's been pretty much played out, as of the first story arc of his series in fact. The Blue Beetle stories I like are the ones where it's not about who has the most power -- that's almost always Jaime -- but about talking people into doing a little better. Jaime strikes me as the sort of person who is genuinely uncomfortable using force because words are so much better.

So, let him use words as his main tool. And put him in situations where it's not as simple as, there is somebody doing bad things and they need to go to jail.

- HJF1

Anonymous said...

I haven’t read every new Milestone comic, just Static & Blood Syndicate (both were quite good). Unless I missed something, they take place on their own Earth.

“Routine Justice League mission”- what would that even be? Testifying at Kanjar Ro’s parole hearing? Blowing out the candles before someone summons the Demons 3 to Earth? Showing up to a ribbon cutting ceremony at Mr. Nebula’s latest planet remodelling? The mind boggles, or perhaps altogether fails to boggle.

- Mike Loughlin

Scipio said...

" Unless I missed something, they take place on their own Earth. "
That was true under Milestone. But in recent years, when DC reintroduced the characters, they made a big deal out of the fact that the were including them in their "real world" and not in a "ghetto world". Then completely ignored them.

Bryan L said...

The Dakotaverse is Earth-93. I too am glad to see it return, though I felt like it could be integrated into the main universe, most of the attempts were unsatisfactory. Barry Allen has provided a current listing of the entire DC Multiverse in the back of "Dark Crisis - Big Bang." I'm particularly pleased with Earth-66, home of the Adam West Batman; Earth-789, home of Christopher Reeve Superman and Michael Keaton Batman, and Earth-1956, home of Superboy and Krypto which later becomes home to the Super Friends.

I don't see an animated Earth for the DC animated universe, and that displeases me greatly. Unless I missed a reference somewhere. I'm also not seeing a CW Universe, which I find very odd, or a current DC movie universe, though that's apparent in flux right now.

This is what a multiverse should be.