Wednesday, 10 July 2013

DC's October Solicitations

Is it me or is artist Juan Doe just doing superb work with these covers for the Steppenwolf War storyline? Limited palette, a poster feel, block lettering . . . I'm really liking them.

The thing that caught my eye about Forever Evil #2's cover is Sinestro; last month's solicits included Forever Evil #1 and he was in his standard Sinestro Corps uniform. Here, though, he's definitely looking like Parallax. A mistake on the first issue's cover or a plot point?

Here's something a bit odd. The cover for Green Lantern #24 is shown above and the solicit reads:
“LIGHTS OUT” part one! Relic arrives on Oa as this massive story kicks off! Can the different Lantern Corps come together to stop this powerful enemy? Lights Out will see Lanterns die, others change allegiances—and nothing will be the same ever again! Trust us: We MEAN IT!
I'll pause for a second to wearily note that Lanterns dying or changing allegiance and that "nothing will be the same ever again" sounds like nothing we haven't seen or heard before, before going on to this:

That's Green Lantern Annual #2 and the solicits say:
Don’t miss the stunning conclusion of “Lights Out!” Can Relic be defeated? Who lives? Who dies? The new status quo for the Lanterns is revealed here!
Wait, what?! The whole Light Out storyline is being completed in a month?! DC aren't dragging it out over six months or so (Forever Evil, I'm looking at you) or even a whole interminable year (yes, Rotworld, I haven't forgotten you)? Wow, I'm impressed.

Justice League 3000 #1
Don’t miss the debut of the new series starring the heroes of today—tomorrow! But what are they doing in the year 3000? And who (or what) brought them there? Get ready for a double dose of wonder as only the stellar creative team of Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire can deliver!
Frankly, I don't give a monkey's who or what brought them to the year 3000 - that it's Giffen, DeMatteis and Maguire is enough for me.

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