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Grumpy Old Fan | Notice I am not making a Spinal Tap reference: DC Comics Solicitations for (January) ‘11
Good grief, it’s not even Halloween and I have to think about the first DC comics of 2011? Even trying to pronounce that number makes my tongue stumble — I keep wanting to say “twenty-eleven” and it sounds like something made-up. Worse, I keep wanting to say twenty-leven, like a common hillbilly.
Nevertheless, I do like DC’s cover gimmick for January Two Thousand Eleven. The white backgrounds and big logos remind me of Superman #701’s minimalist cover, and that isn’t a bad thing. The cumulative effect of the style’s uniformity is also more effective than the last time DC emphasized the logos, back in (cover-date) February 2002. The light, open design is also a lot more cheery than January 2009’s black-background “Faces Of Evil.”
Still, we’re more interested in what’s between the covers, are we not?
JUST A TASTE
Right off I am pretty impressed with the selection of one-shots at the top of the solicits. The Starman/Congorilla special sounds very fun, especially with Rex the Wonder Dog involved. I’m curious to see what the Shazam! special does with Billy and Mary Batson, and I’m always glad for new John Henry Irons stories. The Wonder Girl special doesn’t interest me that much, but it doesn’t seem entirely about her anyway. Although most of these specials appear to tie into regular books (Justice League, Titans, and Teen Titans), they sound good enough on their own merits.
If you’ve ever dreamed of working at LexCorp, Stark Industries or even Acme Labs, here’s the first step to making that dream come true — business cards. Fro Design Co. has created a print featuring business cards for Wayne Enterprises, Duff Breweries, Sterling Cooper, the Dharma Initiative and several other fictional companies.
Wow. I knew Lee Bermejo could draw some steely-lookin’ bad guys, but I didn’t know he could also channel Bill Watterson so well I’d have a hard time telling the two apart. Behold “Joker and Lex,” Bermejo and writer Brian Azzarello’s Calvin and Hobbes-esque contribution to the Superman/Batman all-star 75th-issue spectacular. I don’t even wanna think about what the rules of Jokerball would be in the alternate universe where this strip is a universally beloved classic — let alone what kind of “Joker peeing” stickers it might have spawned.
(via Topless Robot)
DC’s The Source blog announced today that writer Paul Cornell has signed an exclusive contract with the publisher. I guess this means I can finally take down my “Bring back Captain Britain and MI13” petition page, heavy sigh.
Cornell was named the writer of Action Comics back in April, and in yesterday’s interview with CBR, Dan Didio said “…even though he’s not new to comics but new to DC, Paul Cornell is a guy who we see an expanded role for in the DCU as well.” So it’s probably no surprise that he’s signed on with them for two years.
“…I’m a couple of issues into one title you haven’t heard about yet,” Cornell said on his blog. “I couldn’t be happier, or feel more welcomed, in my new playground.”
Cornell’s run on Action Comics starts at the end of this month with issue #890. Cornell shared his plans for the book with the Source: