Of unusual note, at least to me:
SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT TP
Written by Mark Waidï¿½
Art and cover by Leinil Yu & Gerry Alanguilan
A new softcover edition collecting the 12-issue miniseries that features the entire modern-day retelling of Superman by writer Mark Waid and artists Leinil Francis Yu & Gerry Alanguilan. Plus, an introduction by Smallville television producers Al Gough & Miles Millar and a sketchbook section!?On sale Sept 28 // 304 pg, FC, $19.99 USM
I actually really, really liked this series and think that it fixes a lot of the problems I’ve hard with the since-Byrne version of the character, making him more “super.”
KAMANDI ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HC
Written by Jack Kirby
Art by Kirby & Mike Royer
Cover by Kirby
The first archive in a series collecting the adventures of Kamandi, the last boy on Earth, by Jack Kirby! In these tales from KAMANDI #1-10 (1972-1973), Kamandi – one of the few survivors of the Great Disaster – must make his way in a world populated by bizarre mutated animals and other strange wonders!
On sale Sept 14 // 244 pg, FC, $49.99 US
Ed Cunard: Can I mail you some new underwears, the kind without semen in them?
SGT. ROCK’S COMBAT TALES VOL. 1
Written by Robert Kanigher
Art by Joe Kubert, Jerry Grandenetti, Irv Novick and Russ Heath
Cover by Kubert
A digest-sized collection reprinting SGT. ROCK’S PRIZE BATTLE TALES, plus stories from the pages of G.I. COMBAT and OUR ARMY AT WAR! It’s 10 classic stories featuring nonstop action direct from the Silver Age of comics!
On sale Sept 8 // 5″ x 7.375″ // 128 pg, FC, $9.99 US
Fuck yeah! Kill them Nazis! Note: I may be playing far, far too much Day Of Defeat for my own good.
SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN VOL. 1 TP
Written by Jerry Siegel, Bill Finger and others
Art by Curt Swan, Dick Sprang and others
Cover by Swan & George Klein
Kicking off an exciting line of black-and-white reading library titles! This volume collects SUPERMAN #122-133 and ACTION COMICS #241-257, featuring the birth of the Silver Age Superman mythos, including the first appearances of Supergirl, Brainiac, the Fortess of Solitude and more!
On sale Sept 14 // 560 pg, B&W, $16.99 US
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: GREEN LANTERN VOL. 1 TP
Written by John Broome and Gardner Fox
Art by Gil Kane, Joe Giella and Murphy Anderson
Cover by Kane & Giella
One of the first volumes in an all-new line of thick, black-and-white reading library titles! This volume collects the Silver Age classics SHOWCASE #22-24, GREEN LANTERN #1-17, featuring Hal Jordan’s earliest adventures as Earth’s Green Lantern!
On sale Sept 14 // 528 pg, B&W $16.99 US
Further spaffage. So glad to see DC catch up on the Essentials line.
SEVEN SOLDIERS: MISTER MIRACLE #1
Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by Pasqual Ferry
Grant Morrison’s amazing SEVEN SOLDIERS saga continues with a 4-part miniseries featuring art by Pasqual Ferry (ADAM STRANGE)! A young Shiloh Norman is all grown up, and now, with the help of his Mother Box – an alien computer – he has become the world’s coolest escape artist, a cross between David Blaine and Puff Daddy. After a hallucinatory encounter with the being called Metron, the formerly aimless and dissatisfied Mister Miracle finds himself with a new mission in life. He now believes he has evidence of an apocalyptic cosmic war being fought through human agents on Earth! Shiloh’s seen the light. He knows the score – and he may have lost his mind!
On sale Sept 21 // 1 of 4 // 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
SEVEN SOLDIERS: GUARDIAN #4
Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by Cameron Stewart
More must-see mysteries of the SEVEN SOLDIERS saga unfold as the GUARDIAN miniseries finale builds toward the epic conclusion in SEVEN SOLDIERS #1!
Is a broken, embittered Jake Jordan ready for “Sex Secrets of the Newsboy Army”? Who were Captain 7, Kid Scarface, Baby Brains, Ali-Ka-Zoom, Chop Suzi, Li’l Hollywood and Millions the Mystery Mutt? What was the vow they made as children outside the United Nations building? What did they do that was so wrong – and why will the entire world suffer in an alien hell if the Guardian makes the wrong decision this time ?
On sale Sept 8 // 4 of 4 // 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
My word, I’m just completely spoiled for Kirby-related goodness this month, aren’t I? Morrison gets Kirby, if I’ve not pointed it out before. He does to Jack’s material what Jack did to things like Jimmy Olsen – reimagines and invigorates characters and ideas that DC is letting lie fallow. Seven Soldiers has ensured that I have some slight toehold in the DCU, which is growing increasingly less and less interesting to me in its present-day state of Fanboy Service.
JACK CROSS #2
Written by Warren Ellis
Art and cover by Gary Erskine
The action-filled new series by Warren Ellis & Gary Erskine continues! Jack Cross is called into action only for a good causeï¿½and this good cause is a missing weapon of mass destruction hundreds of times more terrifying than any nuclear device. Jack flies to Guantanamo Bay to question the one woman who can lead him to it – but will he be in time?
On sale Sept 28 // 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US
I forgot to mention Jack Cross when I did the solicits roundup last time, but I can rectify that now. Apparently, Ellis says this is about a left-wing superspy. That’s good enough for me, and I hope his JLA Classified run is as decent as the preview makes me believe. since it wraps up this month.
WILDCATS: NEMESIS #1
Written by Robbie Morrison
Art by Talent Caldwell, Horacio Domingues and Matt Banning
Cover by Caldwell & Banning
A spectacular new chapter in the WildStorm Universe is revealed in this exciting 9-issue miniseries written by Robbie Morrison (THE AUTHORITY) with art by Talent Caldwell (SUPERMAN: GODFALL), Horacio Domingues (Lazarus Jack) and Matt Banning (Uncanny X-Men, The Darkness)! Zealot and her Coda sisters are the elite warrior-class on their homeworld of Khera, feared throughout the galaxy. A single name, however, strikes fear and hatred into their hearts: Nemesis!
Framed for the betrayal and slaughter of the Kheran military forces on Earth at the dawn of mankind, rogue warrior Charis Adrastea embarks on an epic quest to avenge the massacre, uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire universe. Hunted by friend and foe alike, she takes the name “Nemesis” – from the Greek goddess of vengeance, whose myth she inspires. Now, as her blood-soaked quest nears its end, only the Wildcats can stop her!
This miniseries plunges readers into the midst of the one-woman war Nemesis has been fighting for millennia. Each issue features a present-day sequence with art by Caldwell as she nears her quest’s end, and a flashback with art by Domingues that reveals her origins and follows her vendetta as it spans human history!
On sale Sept 14 // 1 of 9 // 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
This is called “missing the point,” which is what Robbie Morrison seems to excel at when it comes to Major Wildstorm Properties. Talent Caldwell, for those not aware, is a disciple of Michael “Oh, Is That My Dick In Your Eye?” Turner, so I recommend avoiding this at all costs.
THE AUTHORITY: THE MAGNIFICENT KEV #1 & 2
Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Carlos Ezquerra
Cover by Glenn Fabry
Garth Ennis (PREACHER) returns to the WildStorm Universe for the next chapter in the saga of Kev Hawkins! And along for the ride this time around is the co-creator of Judge Dredd, artist Carlos Ezquerra (WAR STORIES: CONDORS)!
When the death of a close friend is revealed, Kev begins to entertain ideas of the futility and horror of the life he leads – until he gets a call from the boss. She’s got another lethal mission for him that involves his least-favorite allies: The Authority! And this time, events will take a decidedly darker turnï¿½
And in issue #2, Kev’s mission to retrieve the Midnighter is under way! On the way, we learn more about the troubled S.A.S. corporal’s life and how a one-night stand changed everything.
On sale Sept 8 and Sept 28 // 1 and 2 of 5 // 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US MATURE READERS
See, I know a lot of hardliners really hate Ennis’s Kev material, but it just makes me laugh and laugh and laugh, and it has nothing to do with the name. Honest. Don’t roll your eyes, you ass.
SLEEPER BOOK FOUR: THE LONG WAY HOME TP
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art and cover by Sean Phillips
Collecting the final chapter of the SLEEPER saga, Vol. 2 #7-12! The endgame is in play and the fates of Carver, Lynch and the mysterious Tao are all up for grabs. It’s winner take allï¿½and the stakes are deadly!
On sale Sept 21 // 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US // MATURE READERS
Buy this and the other three trades if you haven’t already. Read them in order. Weep at the fact that the market can’t support a title like this, then get angry about that very thing.
THE WINTER MEN #2
Written by Brett Lewis
Art and cover by John Paul Leon
The action-packed miniseries by Brett Lewis and John Paul Leon continues! Kris is now in the United States – Brooklyn, to be exact – trying to infiltrate the Red Mafia in an effort to solve his case. But is the mafia a step ahead of him already? And what could Nikki be doing in New York?
On sale Sept 21 // 2 of 8 // 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US // MATURE READERS
I forgot to mention this last month. On concept (“What’s happened to all the Soviet superhumans?”) alone, I think this may be pure genius. It’ll also be very, very pretty thanks to Leon’s art. Let’s hope this Brett Lewis cat can manage it.
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE TP – NEW EDITION
Written by John Wagner
Art and cover by Vince Locke
A new edition of the classic graphic novel, available for the first time from VERTIGO just in time for the major motion picture starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris and William Hurt! In this suspenseful noir crime story, Tom McKenna is a simple family man who instantly becomes a media celebrity when he takes down a couple of wanted murderers who attempt to rob his diner. But his newfound fame draws the attention of a group of merciless mobsters who have been looking to settle a score with McKenna for over 20 years. Now as the killers descend upon his small town in Middle America, the Brooklyn native must face the actions of his youth and relive his past history of violence as he attempts to salvage the life he has built.
Retro-solicited; on sale September 3 // 5.5″ x 8″ // 296 pg, B&W, $9.99 US // MATURE READERS
Two things: Firstly, I can not wait for the movie, which features one of my favorites, Ed Harris, as a bad, bad man. Secondly, “retro-solicited?” Awesome.
Also: new, not pretty-at-all editions for Preacher in trade; the second issue of All-Star Batman And Robin; a new graphic novel from Harvey Pekar with art by Dean Haspiel; Geoff Johns launches a Green Lantern Corps book, which I will, at the very least, give the butcher’s; and some more of the usual books what I like, such as Gotham Central. Why’re you reading this with Graeme’s roundup is much funnier?