As is DC’s want during month’s that have five Wednesday’s instead of neatly fitting in with their four week cycle it’s odds and sods time, with Aquaman from last week, a few annuals, and the perennial schedule hopper, Justice League.
Other publishers, less caring about the fluctuations of the calendar have followed their usual cycle so there’s Debris and New Deadwardians.
The Flash Annual
Green Lantern Annual
The New Deadwardians
Written by Geoff Johns
Pencilled by Ivan Reis
Inked by Joe Prado, Oclair Albert & Andy Lanning
Coloured by Rod Reis
Lettered by Nick J. Napolitano
Cover by Reis, Prado & Reis
It’s time for a big olde phallic showdown with Arthur’s Trident versus Black Manta’s Scepter. Snigger.
In all seriousness, this is another great issue that brings things together while still leaving questions. It’s a real shame next month will see the #0 potentially wrecking the flow of the arc (I wonder how the #0 issues will be presented in the trades. Why do I think we’ll get another monster collection of them all, as we did with the original 52).
The Flash Annual #1
Breakdowns by Francis Manapul
Pencils & Inks by Scott Kolins
Colour by Mike Atiyeh
Letters by Dezi Sienty
The first of two annuals this month, both of which use he issue to continue the ongoing story, which is going to get deeply tiresome, trying to read things in the right order on Comixology.
It would appear that Dr Ellias has been being a sociopathic tool for longer than we though.
This issue sees a lot of jumping between the present and various points in the past, and builds up a bit of the history of the Rouges (with some notable exceptions from the key cast) and provides background to the action of issue #12. There’s also a lot of set up for the future, not least the cliff hanger (although it doesn’t really do anything for me).
The art style jumps around a lot and there are missed opportunities to do really interesting thing, particularly with mirrors.
Green Lantern Annual #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ethan Van Sciver
Coloured by Hi-Fi
Lettered by Sal Cipriano
The Guardians set off down the road of irrevocable abuse of power with the decision to abolish free will.
In a weird feedback loop we get Hal Jordan buried alive. Anyone remember Ryan Reynolds in a film with a very similar premises a year before he was in Green Lantern? Meta.
Tiny old blue folk at war, which throws things into a new light.
Black Hand is truly disturbing this issue, existing within his own sense of grandeur and reality.
The power of the bro fist is demonstrated by Hal and Sinestro. I really do hope character inertia doesn’t see Sinestro fall back to the ranks of back up character, as he’s far more interesting than Hal at the moment.
This issue will have repercussion for all the Lantern titles. Quite how we’ll see the ripples spread in the months to come will be interesting.
Justice League #12
Written by Geoff Johns
Pencilled by Jim Lee
Art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado pgs 29-30, David Finch pgs 31-33
Inked by Scott Williams, Sandra Hope, Jonathan Glapion, Mark Irwin, Matt Banning Rob Hunter, Joe Weems, Alex Garner & Trevor Scott
Colours by Alex Sincalir, Gabe Eltaeb, Tony Avina, Sonia Oback & Pete Pantazis
Lettering by Patrick Brosseau
Main and Varriant Covers by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sincalir.Oh yeah, that cover. We’ll get to that.
Just look at those bloody credits.
The story starts with step back from the Leauge and a look at how the world is dealing with it’s super team being at each others throats. Meanwhile at Mount Sumeru the panel layout makes reading in digital format a pain, as it’s not obvious how the page reads on the first pass through.
The kiss seems to have been blown out of proportion, so we’ll see if whatever spins out of it lives up to the pre-emptive hype.
There’s a preview of what is coming in the “next year” and in 2013, make of that split what you will, and it looks to be a roller-coaster of a ride.
Written by Kirtis J. Wiebe
Art by Riley Rossmo
Lettered by Ed Brisson
Coloured by Owen Gieni
Edits by Laura Tavishati
Giant Monster: Jim Valentino
The first thing that has come to mind about Debris is how bright the sky is and how clean the word is post apocalypse. All vibrant colours.
The combat is beautifully kinetic, breaking free of panels to really show off, and letting the reader fill in the larger blank this creates.
I’m talking about art because dialogue remains sparse, letting the thing that sets comics apart from other printed (digital, whatever) media do the work, and having the art carry the story. Oh boy does it work in this case.
Not that there isn’t dialogue. There’s a fair bit of that when Maya finds something not entirely unexpected in the wastes.
There’s a preview at the back of the issue, of Non Humans.
Teddy Bears dealing drugs. What more do you want to know?
The New Deadwardians #6
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by I.N.J. Culbard
Colour by Patricia Mulvihill
Letters by Travis Lanham
Cover by I.N.J. Culbard
Things more a pace this issue, with a first page that really sets some big wheels in motion for the smaller plot.
More and more this book becomes about George Suttle, the state of being a Vampire, and the larger world that frames the murder.
A good month, although your mileage on the extra dollar for the annual issues may differ. Justice League is setting up thinks for the future, so may be worth a look for those interested in what will happen next. Although the universe doesn’t feel as solidly tied together as Marvel yet, it looks like thinks might change in the months to come.
Debris would be my pick of the month, working as a perfect read for new readers and those you caught the first issue equally. I’d follow this with New Deadwardians, although you’ll want to have read the earlier issues to get the most out of it.