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By | Friday, July 16, 2010 | 8:11 pm | 81 Comments | Blog > News

So the big news today is that DC is releasing a bunch of previously uncollected or unpublished material under a DC Comics Presents line and Vertigo Resurrected.

The DC stuff is interesting, including some Young Justice issues that I didn’t think would see collection much and Jack Cross 1-4, a bit of a Warren Ellis thriller.

Here’s the full list, from the DCU blog (more info there, including description of these contents and pictures):

DC COMICS PRESENTS: BRIGHTEST DAY #1
Tales from HAWKMAN #27, 34 and 36, SOLO #8, DCU HOLIDAY ‘09 and STRANGE ADVENTURES #205.

DC COMICS PRESENTS: ETHAN VAN SCIVER #1
Collecting BATMAN AND CATWOMAN: TRAIL OF THE GUN #1 and 2

DC COMICS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN #1
Collecting SUPERMAN #179-185 and SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL #121

DC COMICS PRESENTS: JACK CROSS #1
Features JACK CROSS #1-4

DC COMICS PRESENTS: BATMAN #1
Collecting BATMAN #582-585

DC COMICS PRESENTS: YOUNG JUSTICE #1
Collecting the JLA: WORLD WITHOUT GROWN-UPS 2-issue miniseries

DC COMICS PRESENTS: GREEN LANTERN #1
Collecting GREEN LANTERN #137-140

And from the Vertigo Blog:

So why not dig through the archives and bring some of them back? Welcome to VERTIGO RESURRECTED – a series of one-shots and specials geared to do just that–embrace history and stories that connect with the present day activities of our favorite protagonists, antagonists and creators.

“Shoot,” Warren Ellis’s much-talked about, but never published, HELLBLAZER story involving schoolyard killings leads this mega-sized VERTIGO RESURRECTION special.

Also included are rarely seen tales exploring the disturbing depths of horror, war, romance and science fiction by Brian Azzarello, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis and artists Jim Lee, Phil Jimenez, Bernie Wrightson, and others. Cover by Tim Bradstreet.

VERTIGO RESURRECTED #1 On Sale October 20 / 96 pages / $7.99

Warren Ellis (who is represented well in both areas!) posted a little commentary over at his blog that you might be interested in.

A commenter wonders if we’ll ever get to see that Swamp Thing meets Jesus arc. I’m still crossing my fingers that we’ll get to see ANY Swamp Thing collected past where the last softcovers went.

Anyway, about these collections in specific – it’s good stuff! I think it’s a great idea to do a DC Presents line.

However, I think these are floppy collections, right? They’re not squarebound like prestige format releases? I’m honestly not sure, but I know FC means full color. I’m guessing because of the price point, the issue style numbers, and how they were solicited here.

Damn shame, because I don’t buy anything that isn’t at least a prestige – and I hope that Jack Cross being collected in that format, for example, wouldn’t keep it from being collected in a nice little squarebound format.

I might be totally wrong though. I kind of hope I am, because I’d love for there to be a little 7.99 introductory graphic novel line.

What do you guys think of this news? I’m linking this one to a forum thread. :)

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By | Friday, July 9, 2010 | 4:33 pm | 2 Comments | Blog > News

Check it out here.

You know this means I’ll be busy tonight! I’ve got some of these in the database already, I think, but I’ve got to check over it. :D

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By | Tuesday, July 6, 2010 | 7:56 am | 0 Comments | Blog > News

I’m working on a list of DC Comics Cover Collections. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

The Golden Age of Batman: The Greatest Covers of Detective Comics from the ’30s to the ’50s

Batman in Detective Comics: Featuring the Complete Covers of the First 25 Years

Batman in Detective Comics Vol. 2: Featuring the Complete Covers of the Second 25 Years

Batman Cover to Cover: The Greatest Comic Book Covers of the Dark Knight

Superman in Action Comics: Featuring the Complete Covers of the First 25 Years

Superman in Action Comics Vol. 2: Featuring the Complete Covers of the Second 25 Years

The Golden Age of Superman: The Greatest Covers of Action Comics from the ’30s to the ’50s

The Silver Age of Superman: The Greatest Covers of Action Comics from the ’50s to the ’70s

Superman: Cover to Cover

Wonder Woman : Featuring over Five Decades of Great Covers

52: The Covers

DC Comics Covergirls

DC Comics Covergirls (Diamond Exclusive Edition)

Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes

DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams: The Covers (An upcoming Amazon listing that I really hope pulls through and happens)

Vertigo Visions: Artwork From The Cutting Edge Of Comics

Vertigo Visions: Ten Years On The Edge

Dustcovers: The Collected Sandman Covers

Fables: Covers By James Jean

Preacher: Dead Or Alive: Covers By Glenn Fabry

DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle (This one is probably more of a general text, based on past DK Year By Year books, but I bet it will have a lot of cover art. We’ll see when it comes out!)

I just started this one, so I’m sure there’s some I’ve missed. Let me know! :D

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By | Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | 6:56 pm | 5 Comments | Blog > News

So the internet is all totally on fire because Wonder Woman changed her clothes. Cool. Hater’s gonna hate. Defenders gonna defend. Commentators gonna comment.

I mean, I think she’s done it quite a few times, so it doesn’t seem like a big deal to me, but this one is being billed as a (or THE) big costume change. Honestly, though, having studied the timeline so much at this point, I think we’d really have to see if it sticks before talking about how big a deal it is.

Anyway, check it out. Pants! I think pants are good, right?

The leather jacket is a thing. Does it mean..

1. Leather jackets are back in? Is it even leather? Maybe it’s pleather. Or that weird synthetic stuff.

2. Wonder Woman is wearing it out of a slightly dated desire to be cool?

3. Wonder Woman really loves the Black Canary’s outfit and wanted in on the look?

4. She’s actually wearing it as a retro/ironic style statement?

It’s probably the irony, right?

The best thing about the jacket, probably, is now she has something to take off before she whups someone. You know… “uh-oh.. Jacket’s coming off.”

I’m fine with losing the flag look. I like the idea of her being more international.

Honestly, at first I wasn’t that into it, but after a day of seeing it again and again and again all over the internet, it’s kind of grown on me. Doesn’t it remind you a bit of her 90’s look? The one when she “wasn’t” Wonder Woman during the Challenge of Artemis arc?

Ok, I’ve spent way too much time thinking about superhero fashion today.

Not like I’ve cared when the Blue Beetle changed costumes. Or Guy Gardner wore that belly shirt. Well, maybe a little.

In related news (because it’s also in issue 600, though it features the old costume) this pin up by Adam Hughes is pretty great:

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My favorite part is the girl in the background flexing. She kind of looks like Wondertot, actually, but I’m pretty sure she’s just an inspiring metaphor.

Update: Here we go, Yet Another Comics Blog posted a run down of her costumes through the years.

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By | Saturday, May 29, 2010 | 2:21 am | 1 Comment | Blog > News

DC is bringing back the military action:

This September, DC will bring back a number of familiar war titles in a series of one shots from a number of the best and brightest creators in the industry, including Darwyn Cooke and Ivan Brandon on WEIRD WAR TALES, B. Clay Moore and Chad Hardin on OUR FIGHTING FORCES, the return of OUR ARMY AT WAR, William Tucci and Justiniano on STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES and Matt Surges and artist Phil Winslade on G.I. COMBAT, with each issue sporting a cover from an A-list pool of artists that include Cooke, Mark Schultz, Geof Darrow, Joe Kubert and Brian Bolland.

Eff yes! I’m actually pretty excited about this stuff. I’ve just started getting into the non-superhero DCU of ages past and this is super awesome.

Check out these two covers that were posted over at The Source.

This stuff better make it into trade. I’m jus’ sayin. And I’m hoping it’s successful enough to get some ongoing titles going.

I hope that there are some trades worth of new WWII tales, sure, but I also hope they do some other eras. And not in just one off stories in hard to place anthology style volumes – it would be really great if they did full arcs in WWI (for one, it seems so under appreciated as a war setting. It was The Big One in its day!), some really historical stuff in the Revolutionary War era, and then do a world tour of some non-american-centric onflicts.

All with that Weird War Stories vibe, of course. Haunted Russian Tank? Yes. Sgt. Račak? Sure, lets hear it – I’ve never read a comic about the kosovo war.

On a totally unrelated note, Daniel pointed out that I got Wrath of Gog and In The Name of Gog switched up. Not sure how it happened, but it’s fixed now!

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