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Grumpy Old Fan | DC’s March is in like a Vamp, out like a Talon

In 'Batman: Odyssey,' he's steering with those teeth

In ‘Batman: Odyssey,’ he’s steering with those teeth

We’ve known for a while that DC’s superhero line will go through some changes in the wake of Forever Evil, and as the March solicitations bring the end of that Big Event, not surprisingly the month looks rather transitory. In fact, Forever Evil #7 is scheduled to appear on March 26, just as the final issue of Blackest Night — also written by Geoff Johns as a spinoff of his highest-profile series, in case you’d forgotten — dropped on the last week of March 2010. (It must be pure coincidence that these solicits feature a $200 White Power Battery tchotcke.) Back then, BN #8 was supposed to “set the stage” for the “next epic era of DC Comics,” which turned out to be about 18 months long and featured the biweekly sort-of-sequel miniseries Brightest Day. This time, Forever Evil #7 teases the importance of the “Hooded Man” and promises to “leave the DC universe reeling and reveal the secrets to the future.”

So, yeah, sounds like another cliffhanger ending, perhaps even leading into another big-deal miniseries — specifically, the May-debuting weekly Futures End.  Considering that the three tie-in miniseries (ARGUS, Arkham War and Rogues Rebellion) all seem to feed into FE #7, the actual content of that final issue may well be a giant scrum, not unlike the final issue of Flashpoint, in which some cosmic button is pushed, defeating the Crime Syndicate but at a significant cost to DC-Earth. As it happens, there’s no mention of the “Blight” sub-crossover (bringing together Phantom Stranger, Pandora, Constantine and JL Dark) feeding back into Forever Evil, but I’m not sure how much it’s supposed to relate, beyond being about the JLD trying to pick up the post-invasion pieces.

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An advance look at The Advance Team

The Advance Team

Finals and Catwoman writer Will Pfeifer announced on his blog that he has a new graphic novel called The Advance Team coming out from publisher Tor/Forge. Although the book isn’t due until March of 2012, he’s already started a series of posts called Advance Team Tuesdays where he plans to offer “a taste of the comic each week,” in the form of artwork by German Torres and hints about the story.

As for the character appearing on the cover, Pfeifer said, “That determined-looking young man is Zack McKinley. Most of the time, he delivers pizzas. But on this very special occasion, he’s delivering Earth from destruction at the hand of alien invaders. Or maybe he’s delivering Earth into the hands of the alien invaders. It’s hard to tell — especially for poor Zack.”

In the second post, he adds, “As the story starts, Zack is coping with a terrible job, another winter in Cleveland and a bit of a crush on his co-worker. But, this being a science fiction graphic novel, he’s about to start coping with a heck of a lot more very soon.”

Keep an eye on his blog to find out more.

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