Greatest Hits- April 2013

Well hello there. Though you may have forgotten me, and my horrible syntax, I am back. I have to apologize to all of my former dedicated followers, my schedule has been in flux with a constant mix of both professional and personal troubles. While not an excuse, my blog got away from me, and honestly my interest in it waned. Thus I am treating 2013 as the first year of the nerd, even though my first year of blogging is about at an end. So hello everyone. I’m back, here to serenade you with the the mind of one of the greatest nerds you will have the pleasure of chatting with. A bit too arrogant for you? Well it’s my blog so, I’ll do what I want. With all that being said, let’s begin.

This post will be a two parter, I will discuss the much broader and far reaching hints impacts of April’s solicitations you may not have seen. The latter post will be out tonight. But as always I discuss what I we should look forward too most from the latest round of solicitations.

10. Superboy #19- Starting off the list is Superboy. While not a comic I follow, Superboy literally started at the beginning in issue 1. Meaning anything could be amended in his backstory. This personally left me wondering if Lex was indeed involved with his DNA, and in April we’ll get our answer. As all of the covers are designed to do for April, we only get half of the cover. This leaves a certain sense of suspense, as we wonder what the other half reveals. The cover does seem to indicate that it hides who Superboy’s other parent is. Though if you observe the DNA strand on the cover, as it spirals off the edge of the panel, the color seems to change form yellow to green. It would appear Lex’s involvement in Superboy is the same, regardless of universe.

9. Team 7 #7- Team 7 has had a long history on my list of Greatest Hits, only missing a month on my lists. This month is no different, the potential for Team 7 is unbridled, as April will not only see the addition of a new member to the team, but the introduction of a character not yet seen in the New 52. Who that will be is anyone’s guess, but counting out this comic would be a grave mistake. The first arc is over, and it appears Team 7 has finally found its place in the DCU.

8. Earth 2 #11- As Earth 2 closes in on a year long run, the second arc concludes with a fully realized Doctor Fate. Aside from re-introducing one of the most important heroes in DC’s history, it see’s some sort of team start to come together. As of April we will have a team of at least 4 members, and April’s solicit promises to introduce other heroes as well. Who else will be added into the fold? We’ll have to wait and see.

7. Green Arrow #19- Jeff Lemire continues his dissection and recreation of the beloved Emerald Archer. His third issue on the series see’s Lemire explore and recreate Arrow’s origins. Will his time from Year One be changed in the first real exploration of his New 52 origin, or will it stay true to the seminal work? Whatever the answer, this issue is can’t miss for fans of the character and the creator.

6. Justice League of America #3- While the starting goal of the JLA was unclear, the short term importance of the new team will be made abundantly clear in April. With the rise of a new Justice League, the rise of a new Secret Society will rise to oppose it. This is an idea that any fan can get behind, and makes the release of this series all the more anxious.

5. Swamp Thing #19- Scott Snyder made magic with his Swamp Thing relaunch, with his run over, April will see the rise of a new creative team. The new team of Charles Soule and Kano will send the series in a bold new direction, with the original Swamp Thing look returning in April. What else will change, and can current fans of the series cope with the loss of Snyder? All of that will be explored come April.

4. Detective Comics #19- The official 900th issue of Detective’s may not be billed as a milestone, but DC isn’t letting it go unnoticed. The second longest running comic still being published turns to the ripe old age of 900 in April, and John Layman and Jason Fabok get to helm this important celebration. In a giant sized issue worth $8 Batman will achieve new status as the second longest running super hero on the market. This issue will be fun for everyone, and shouldn’t be missed for anyone.

3. I, Vampire/ DC Universe Presents #19- It is always a sad day when DC announces its cancellations, and the latest round certainly hit much closer to home than anyone wanted. Though not the best seller, I, Vampire was one of the best received comics of the relaunch. It’s great run, with talented Joshua Fialkov sees its end in April. In addition to that the rotating series that has been used to explore multiple corners of the DCU has been retired as well. Despite this, both will leave off with a bang. Should Andrew Bennet escape the series’ conclusion alive, his presence in the greater DCU would be a boon to the entire line. Additionally, DCUP will see the return of a “time displaced hero” who apparently has a penchant for blue and gold…

2. Stormwatch #19- Though a decent series, issue #19 is extremely notable for two reasons. The first being the introduction of long time Marvel architect Jim Starlin, his presence on the title and in the DCU in general is an interesting spectacle  one that can only lead to amazing things. The second being that the solicit essentially gives us the answer to what will replace the two titles listed above. But more on that a little later.

1. Batman and Robin #19- Damian’s absence form the solicitations has been quite disturbing for his fans thus far, and with Death of the Family about to wrap up Damian’s fate is up in the air. The most recent solicitation doesn’t seem to add any better news. In an homage to the Dark Knight Returns, a much darker and different Batman appears on the cover of the this comic. Just on the side is a yellow cape, symbolic of the original Robin. Whether the cape is that of a new Robin’s, or whether Damian has had a costume change has yet to be seen. But all fans will be biting their nails until at least next month, if not longer.

So there you have it. These comics are the comics that stand out the most form April’s solicitations. What are you looking forward too? And if you stay tuned, in just a bit I’ll post the follow up in which I reveal all of the juicy tidbits I deduced from these solicitations.

Until then, enjoy my terrible syntax



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