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In many ways, for longtime DC superhero readers, this is the first week of the rest of our lives. This is the week the first batch of New-52 second issues come out, and as such, this week the New 52 stops being a September-specific gimmick. We all know the second issue is where the rubber meets the road. Accordingly, in conjunction with a look at December’s titles, here’s where I am after a month of first issues.
Back when the September solicitations came out, I listed 37 books that I was planning at least to try:
Action Comics, All-Star Western, Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Batman And Robin, Batwing, Batwoman, Blackhawks, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Catwoman, DC Universe Presents, Demon Knights, Detective Comics, The Flash, Frankenstein: Agent Of SHADE, The Fury Of Firestorm, Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Grifter, Justice League, Justice League Dark, Justice League International, Men Of War, Mister Terrific, Nightwing, Red Lanterns, Resurrection Man, Static Shock, Stormwatch, Supergirl, Superman, Swamp Thing, and Wonder Woman
Creating a fitting companion to Comic Book Resources’ rundown of late and missing comics, Neal Adams had provided an update on Batman: Odyssey, his 13-issue miniseries that disappeared in February following the release of Issue 6.
“What the heck is happening with Batman: Odyssey?” the influential creator wrote on his Facebook page. “DC tells us the solicitations have begun for the last 7 monthly issues. Your stores have not been reacting to your enthusiasm, but rather, they have been reacting to the internet chatter. Chatter that I … perhaps should have responded to. Now it’s all verblunget and you guys are the ones who are losing out, and I am sorry.”
The long-gestating series, which premiered in July 2010, sends the Caped Crusader on a frenetic — maybe even madcap — Homeric journey that, Adams said, still promises “neanderthals, evolved dinosaurs, magicians, war, death, gnomes, trolls and tests, the like of which Batman, the modern Ulysses, has never faced in his life … all happening in a real underworld.”
“The multiple climaxes are killer,” he wrote. “But if you care … Man, I hate to say this .. you’ve got to hoc your stores like bloody hell to get these issues. My promise to you is to give you the best, most exciting comic books ever. I’ve never failed you, and I never will. But this time, you’ve got to dig in and demand your stores get this. The best Batman series ever.”
Why the push? Adams suggested in the post that’s because of a lack of promotional support from DC Comics.
“You notice Marvel is actually promoting my work for them? Avengers and the ‘Secret Project’? You’ll notice Dark Horse is promoting Blood?” he wrote. “Well, for some reason, DC isn’t promoting Batman: Odyssey. So … it’s up to you and me, guys and gals.”
Update: Adams wrote that Batman: Odyssey will pick up again in October with Volume 2, Issue 1: “Don’t ask me why. It’s their company, and their business.”