Tag Archives: sterling gates

The Adventures of Supergirl Gets a Print Edition, Twice Monthly

2E449F00-4058-416F-B4C7-F62F6DDC5011[7]Due to popular demand, DC Entertainment will now be offering The Adventures of Supergirl as a limited-run six-issue periodical, prior to the collected edition release this fall.The Adventures of Supergirl will now ship twice monthly for three months, beginning with The Adventures of Supergirl #1 (collecting Digital First chapters 1-3) on May 11th, 2016.

The Adventures of Supergirl is a Digital First comic book series that launched online in January 2016, inspired by the CBS hit TV series Supergirl. Critically acclaimed series writer Sterling Gates is joined by a cast of rotating artists including Bengal, Jonboy Meyers, Pop Mhan, Emanuela Lupacchino, Carmen Carnero, Cat Staggs and Emma Vieceli.

Paralleling but not duplicating storylines from the Monday night TV show, The Adventures of Supergirl introduces fans to Kara Zor-El, who is determined to grow into the super-hero her powers promise. But are dark forces pushing her to improve faster than is safe? As Supergirl faces classic DCU villains like Rampage, Vril Dox and Psi, she’s got no reason to suspect that their attacks have been coordinated, but when the final battle comes to a head, she’ll need to use all of her training, her DEO contacts, her friends’ talents and her sister’s love and support to get through it all!

Check out the first four covers by Cat Staggs, two of which make their debut, with two more to come! Look for The Adventures of Supergirl both online now and soon in your local comic book shop.

The Adventures of Supergirl digital chapters are available for download bi-weekly on Monday via the DC Comics App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus.

Review: The Adventures of Supergirl Chapter 3

adventures of supergirl chapter 3Rampage is about to take her revenge on Kara Danvers-but can Supergirl count on her sister to save the day? The first story arc wraps up with Supergirl captured by Rampage and her sister missing!

The issue is an interesting ending to the story and really frames the first three chapters in a fantastic way with Kara reflecting on how she’s similar and also differs with Rampage.

A lot of the issue focuses on Rampage’s origin and does that without breaking stride of the plot in the present. It’s actually a really solid way to wrap up the issue in that it really shifts the point of the first arc away from just taking on some alien, and instead using that to discuss Kara/Supergirl’s history and origin. Writer Sterling Gates has done an excellent job of giving us much more than a capture an alien/punch the bad guy story, and that becomes very apparent here.

Artist Bengal has really improved with each chapter and is hitting his stride here. There’s a lot I like, and some of my gripes from the first chapter have gone away over the second and this one. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here as he gets a better feel for it all.

Each chapter is good, but the story as a whole is stronger when read together. That’s where the big picture becomes apparent and a simple story of capturing an alien becomes so much more.

Story: Sterling Gates Art: Bengal
Story: 8 Art: 7.6 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Adventures of Supergirl Chapter 2

adventures of supergirl #2 coverSupergirl is desperate to save her sister Alex from certain disaster, but can she stop a helicopter from falling out of the sky while ALSO protecting the humans endangered by an alien the DEO calls Rampage?

I thought the first chapter of this new digital series based on the television show was entertaining, but it’s Adventures of Supergirl Chapter 2 where things really begin to take off.

Continuing from the previous issue, Supergirl and the DEO are still dealing with Rampage, but first Supergirl must stop a crashing helicopter. Through the action Gates adds tons of depth to the character mixing in some “alien” humor to which just adds to the Supergirl character.

Sterling Gates‘ use of voice over is fantastic in it gives us a great idea as to what’s going on in Supergirl’s head, what she’s thinking. It’s a touch that really adds a lot to the story and the character as it makes clear how she thinks, what she’s planning, and the issues she’s facing. It both overcomes limits of a television series as well as the limits of a comic. Where in the television series it might be clearer she’s struggling, the voice over makes it clear she is. At the same time, what she’s thinking in her struggle adds a lot to the character itself and gives more of an idea about her alien nature.

Bengal too is improved in the second chapter. His art was good in the first one, but a bit inconsistent. In this second one, the characters are much more consistent and he’s developing a style and look for the comic that feels very distinct. There’s some pages and panels I really dug and it’ll be interesting to see as the series progresses how his style will get more settled.

For $0.99 the comic is worth it for fans of the Supergirl television show. Though short, it adds a bunch to the character and continues the fun positive messaging of its small screen counterpart. The first chapter was a good start, bit it’s here where it’s starting to fly.

Story: Sterling Gates Art: Bengal
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.6 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Adventures of Supergirl Chapter 1

ADVOSG_01_D_SFCover-FNLBetter late than never, DC Comics kicks off a new digital first series Adventures of Supergirl which takes place in the same universe as CBS‘ hit show Supergirl. Written by Sterling Gates with art by Bengal and a cover by Cat Staggs, the new all ages series follows Kara Zor-El, Supergirl, “the Girl of Steel.”

When an escaped prisoner from Fort Rozz interrupts a football game, Supergirl is on the scene to take her down. But Rampage is mad about more important things than a sporting event-and no pesky superhero can stop her quest for revenge!

The comic is an interesting start. It’s audience I’d guess is primarily folks who are already fans of the television series, but Gates recaps Kara’s origin for those that are new. It feels like an intro chapter, and it makes the comic friendly for fans of the television show, and those who have never seen it.

The story itself has Supergirl fighting Rampage, and there’s that transition to the origin, but it’s done in a smooth way. What’s really solid is the comic adds a bit of depth you might not otherwise get in a television show. Gates uses thought bubbles/voice overs to give us a better idea of what’s going on in Supergirl’s head and some of her core beliefs and experiences that have shaped her.

Bengal’s art is decent, though doesn’t quite blow me away. There’s some fun design and action, but some of the characters are a bit inconsistent with their look. Still, the style is very friendly to new readers, which if DC is smart, they’ll aim this comic at through ads to those interested in the television show.

I do really like the cover by Cat Staggs which captures the aesthetic of the television series and has a joyful look for the heroine. It captures the joy she has to feel while flying.

At only $0.99 the comic is short but a nice addition for fans of the television series. It may be read better as print issues, and my reading as a PDF might not have been optimal, so your experience with it as a digital comic may be different than mine. Still, as a fan of the television series I was surprised to find it adds to the character and was enough that I might have found the first digital first series I’ll make sure to read.

Story: Sterling Gates Art: Bengal Cover: Cat Staggs
Story: 7.4 Art: 7.2 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Sterling Gates’ The Posthuman Project Gets Distribution

the-posthuman-projectReckless Abandonment Pictures has announced worldwide video-on-demand distribution for the award-winning independent film The Posthuman Project, a superhero teen drama written by comic book writer Sterling Gates and The Oklahoman journalist Matthew Price and directed by Kyle Roberts, making his debut as a feature film director. The Posthuman Project will be available on all major video-on-demand platforms for a May 1, 2015 release and is currently available for pre-order on iTunes.

In The Posthuman Project, five friends on the verge of graduating high school accidentally receive superpowers during a rock-climbing trip. The genetic boost changes everything and they are faced with the first decisions of their adult lives. Will they give up these powers and continue to live as normal teenagers? Or will embrace their newfound powers and become posthuman? The film stars Kyle Whalen, Collin Place, Lindsay Sawyer, Alexandra Harris, Josh Bonzie and Rett Terrell. The film’s producers include Vahid Farzaneh, Wendy Parker, Sha’ree Green, Matthew Price and Sterling Gates, with John Scamehorn and Kyle Roberts executive producing.

The ninety-minute feature was shot on location in Oklahoma with an all-local cast and crew and has played across the United States, Europe and South America to sold-out crowds as part of the festival circuit, winning ten awards overall, including Best Feature at five festivals.

Preview – Kirby: Genesis – Captain Victory Vol. 1 TP

KIRBY: GENESIS – CAPTAIN VICTORY VOL. 1 TP

144+ pages FC • $19.99 • Teen + 
Written by STERLING GATES
Art by WAGNER REIS, STEVE SCOTT, DENNIS CALERO, JOE ST PIERRE
Cover by ALEX ROSS

The universe is vast and dark…and dangerous.

The only thing standing between the civilized races and the forces that would destroy them are the Galactic Rangers. From war-torn wastes to exotic Edens, the Galactic Rangers do all they can to stop the spread of the malevolent and malicious Shadow Empire. Leading this charge is the crew of the Dreadnaught Tiger, flagship of the Rangers. The head of this ship, Captain Victory, has made it his personal vendetta to eradicate the Shadow Empire and its followers. Unbeknownst to his own people, Victory has a personal connection to the Empire, and will stop at nothing to ensure the demise of its leader, the ancient fear-god Blackmass!Captain Victory Volume 1 features six stories of the Tiger’s greatest crew members as they navigate the cosmos’ worst threats. Can they survive or will they fall to the shadows?

COLLECTION FEATURES:

  • Issues 1 through 6 of the hit series by Sterling Gates, Wagner Reis, Steve Scott, Dennis Calero & Joe St. Pierre
  • All of the covers by Alex Ross, Michael Avon Oeming, Sean Chen and Wagner Reis

VictoryV1TP-Cov

10 Questions: The Gathering Edition – Sterling Gates

We continue our interview series with members of The Gathering and GrayHaven Comics. We’ve put out the same questions to numerous individuals and can compare their responses. A hopefully intriguing interview series.

Check out our previous interviews.

George Amaru Victor Gischler Cassandra James James O’Callaghan
Elena Andrews Ray Goldfield Nathan Lee James Chris Page
Arcadio Bolaños Andrew Goletz Sean Leonard Amanda Rachels
John M. Coker Doug Hahner William Levert Jason Snyder
Marc Deschamps Erica J. Heflin Marc Lombardi Sam Tung
Donal DeLay Gary Hogan Glenn Matchett Leigh Walls
Nick Francis Travis M. Holyfield Brad Nelson

Up next is writer Sterling Gates.

Graphic Policy: How did you get started in the comic book industry?

Sterling Gates: It’s an extremely long story. The short version is that I spent a few years working as Geoff Johns’ assistant, and through that connection I met DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza. Through Geoff’s help, I was able to sell my first story to DC in 2007, “Fear is a Baby’s Cry.”

GP: Were you a fan of comic books before?

SG: Absolutely. My parents owned a comic book store in Tulsa when I was a kid, so comics have been a part of my life for, well, as long as I can remember. My Dad was a huge Silver Age Marvel collector, so I’d spend hours looking at the covers of his runs of Amazing Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. I didn’t take ‘em out of the bags, though. Just read the reprints! [laughs]

GP: Do you read comics now? If so, what are some of your current picks?

SG: A lot of DC books, Avengers Academy, Daredevil, Saga, Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, Batman, Aquaman. And that’s just looking at what’s on my desk right now. I’m a huge fan of what Mark Waid is doing on Daredevil, though. It’s no mistake that book won so many Eisner awards this year. It’s fun, exciting, pitch-perfect superheroism. Marks’s got such a nice handle on Matt’s voice, it’s…well, I’d think Mark were a blind lawyer if I didn’t know any better. Aquaman has a quality to it that I can’t describe. Geoff has made Aquaman cooler than cool (Editor’s note: that’s ice cold!), and for the first time in my life, I consider myself an Aquaman fan.

GP:  How did you get involved with The Gathering?

SG: It was all Gail Simone’s fault. Gail was talking about the anthology on Twitter, and I asked how she got involved and she put me in contact with Drew.

GP: Each issue of The Gathering has a theme, how did that factor into the comic creation?

SG: Well, I’m focusing mostly on horror genre work with The Gathering. I cowrote a story for the Western issue with my friend Cody Cundiff, but I’ve mostly been working on horror stories for the anthology. Usually, I write a lot of superhero fiction, so I’m thankful that Drew has let me go outside my usual zones to play in genre I really love. If you’ve ever spent any time reading my Twitter feed, you’ll know that the horror genre is one of my personal favorites, and it’s nice to get to tell some stories with a horror bent.

GP: What advice would you give to independent creators just breaking into the business?

SG: Read a lot, write a lot, draw a lot.

GP: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned through your experiences?

SG: That I don’t read enough, I don’t write enough, and I don’t draw enough.

GP: Do you think it’s easier today for creators to get published?

SG: Yes. And there are some huge success stories in the self-publishing world, too. Look at 50 Shades of Grey, for example. It was a self-published ebook series, and now book one is the fastest selling novel of all time. Of all time! Incredible.

GP: How do you think technology like social networking or crowdfunding sites like IndieGoGo or Kickstarter are impacting comic book publishing?

SG: It’s diversifying the comic landscape, which is wonderful. We need new stories, new types of stories out there. The other day, I wondered out loud to my friends if a romance-style comic book could find an audience online, or be published through someone’s Kickstarter efforts. Romance and Western comics were huge from the 1940s through the 60s, but publishers discovered they could make more money with the superhero books and those genres died out. With crowdfunding around, could you do modern soap opera-style romance comics? Would people want to read those kinda stories?

GP: What can we expect from you next?

SG: Besides my ongoing horror stories in The Gathering: Tales From The Abyss? I have a couple projects in the works right now (including one outside of comics), but unfortunately I can’t really talk about them until they’re formally announced. Sorry!

GrayHaven Comics: Phase Two Announced

For nearly three years The Gathering anthology has afforded nearly 200 comic creators the opportunity to have their work published for the first time. GrayHaven Comics has been dedicated to giving aspiring creators their big break and through fourteen issues of The Gathering have done just that. Along with newcomers to publishing, The Gathering has also featured the works of pros like Sterling Gates, John Jackson Miller, Mike Lapinski, Brent Peeples, Gail Simone and Len Wallace with many more to come.

Two and a half years. Fourteen issues. And 200 creators getting a chance to have their work published for the first time alongside some of the best pros in the business. So what’s next for the upstart publisher?

GrayHaven Comics has begun to tease their “Phase Two.” Beginning with this week’s launch of the mini series Mothers and Sons, GrayHaven Comics will be aggressively expanding their publishing line. New one shots, mini series and ongoings will begin to roll out over the next few months through New York Comic Con and into 2013. Works will include print collections/continuations of popular webcomics, self contained mini series, an adaptation of a novel, an ongoing and a project featuring a major pro talent novelist/comic writer. With more of GrayHaven’s newcomers becoming seasoned vets and more pro talent looking at GHC as a viable alternative for their publishing needs, 2013 is just the beginning.

To order Mothers and Sons or any of The Gathering issues go to http://www.grayhavencomics.com/comics/.

Preview – Kirby: Genesis – Captain Victory #2

KIRBY: GENESIS –  CAPTAIN VICTORY #2

32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +

Plot by ALEX ROSS, STERLING GATES
Script by STERLING GATES
Art by WAGNER REIS
Covers by ALEX ROSS (main), MICHAEL AVON OEMING (1-in-10)
“Negative Effect Art” Retailer Incentive cover by ALEX ROSS
“Black & White” Retailer Incentive cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING
“Virgin Art” Retailer Incentive cover by ALEX ROSS

Jack Kirby’s epic space opera continues! Last issue, Captain Victory was forced to make a terrible choice in order to stop the malicious Batteron. Now that decision comes back to haunt him as several members of his crew plot mutiny.  As tempers flare, however, the ship is attacked by the Eye of Blackmass, punching a hole in the ship’s hull that threatens to kill everyone aboard! Is it still mutiny if Captain Victory is dead? Plus, the secret origin of everyone’s favorite lion-man, Tarin!

This Week in the DC 52

Bookmark and Share

DC comics is undergoing the biggest shift in it’s line ever, relaunching 52 comic books with brand new number 1 issues and updating the characters for modern times.  It’s the prefect starting off point for new readers, but there’s numerous series and characters I could tell you anything about.  This is a breakdown each week of that week’s releases as well as suggestions on previous arcs that’ll get you introduced to the characters.

ACTION COMICS #1Writer: Grant Morrison, Art: Rags Morales and Rick Bryant

The one and only Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read! This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe!

This is year 0 of the DC universe.  It chronicles the first hero and the public’s reaction to him.  I’ll admit I’m nervous about this one, as I didn’t dig Morrison’s work on Batman, but this is a pillar of the DC universe and it’s Superman.  He’s an iconic character who hopefully won’t be updated too much.

Key reads: All Star Superman, Vol. 1, All Star Superman, Vol. 2

ANIMAL MAN #1 – Writer: Jeff Lemire, Art: Travel Foreman and Dan Green

Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist).

This is one of the series I know nothing about.  Jeff Lemire can write, but as a whole that first issue better really draw me in.  This is one of the series I put of there as a good chance to be cancelled.  That description does nothing to introduce me to the character who is able to borrow the abilities of animals around him.  It has potential, but who knows.  Grant Morrison had a well respected run on the character.

Key reads: Animal Man, Book 1 – Animal Man, Animal Man, Book 2 – Origin of the Species, Animal Man, Book 3 – Deus Ex Machina

BATGIRL #1 – Writer: Gail Simone, Art: Adrian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes

Barbara Gordon is back as Batgirl – and she’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as the dark secrets from her past. You won’t want to miss this stunning debut issue from fan-favorite BIRDS OF PREY writer Gail Simone!

Barbara Gordon is back as Batgirl, which is odd since last we saw, Barbara was in a wheelchair.  But in the hands of Gail Simone, I expect a solid series that puts the once former Batgirl right back into the uniform.  I’d want it in the hands of no one else.  The drastic change in the character brought a lot of news with it, and a lot of criticism, here’s hoping Simone puts all of that to rest.

Key reads: Batman: The Killing Joke, Batgirl: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Batgirl: Year One (Batman)

BATWING #1 –  Writer: Judd Winick, Art: Ben Oliver

Africa, a land of beauty – and of great horror. A land of creation and conflict. It is in desperate need of a defender, and from the ranks of Batman Incorporated comes a soldier to carry on the legacy of The Dark Knight in the most tumultuous region on Earth. Meet Batwing, the Batman of Africa!

There’s a lot of unknowns here and I’m pulling for the series to do well.  Winick is going to be tip-toeing a line with the latest franchisee in Batman Inc., this one centered in Africa.  It’ll either come off as completely missing the mark on African issues, being overly preachy or balance activism and story telling.

Key reads: Batman Incorporated, Vol. 1

DETECTIVE COMICS #1Writer: Tony S. Daniel, Art: Tony S. Daniel and Ryan Winn

A killer called The Gotham Ripper is on the loose on Batman’s home turf – leading The Dark Knight on a deadly game of cat and mouse.

I’m not quite sure where in Batman’s life this is taking place.  Is it in the beginning, where he’s a bit more inexperienced?  Is this post Batman, Inc.?  Batman is an iconic character like Superman, so a lot will be riding on this series.

Key reads: Batman: Year One, Batman R.I.P.

GREEN ARROW #1 – Writer : J.T. Krul, Art: Dan Jurgens and George Perez

Green Arrow is on the hunt. Driven by inner demons, Ollie Queen travels the world and brings outlaws to justice…by breaking every law.

Now, armed with cutting-edge weaponry and illegally gained intel (courtesy of his team at QCore), Green Arrow is shooting first and asking questions later.

Green Arrow is the liberal ying to the Green Lantern’s conservative yang.  Billionaire Ollie Queen is the bow wielding hero who is out to stop crime and hopefully espousing his liberal views.

Key reads: Green Arrow Vol. 1: Into the Woods (Green Arrow (Graphic Novels)), Green Arrow: Year One, Green Arrow: Quiver (Book 1)

HAWK AND DOVE #1Writer: Sterling Gates, Art: Rob Liefeld

Hank Hall is not happy. He’s not happy to have Dawn Granger as a new partner in his war on crime. He’s not happy that she’s dating the ghostly Super Hero, Deadman. He’s not happy to learn that someone is trying to plunge the United States into a new civil war! Now it’s up to Hawk and Dove to root out the forces behind this conflict and stop them before they turn the U.S. into a wasteland!

And who is the monster lurking in the shadows, watching Hawk and Dove from afar? Find out in this new series from Sterling Gates (FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST) and artist Rob Liefeld (X-Force, Youngblood)!

Brightest Day set up a decent dynamic between Hawk and Dove with Dove’s interest in Deadman, and it looks like that’s carrying over.  There series will hopefully have a good buddy aspect to it, my worry is the art by Liefeld, which I’m not a fan of.

Key reads: Hawk and Dove, Brightest Day, Vol. 1, Brightest Day, Vol. 2, Brightest Day Vol. 3

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1Writer: Dan Jurgens, Art: Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan

With the growing presence of super beings around the world, the United Nations resolves to create a new group called Justice League International.

Batman, Booster Gold, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, August General in Iron, Fire, Ice, Vixen and Rocket Red are charged with promoting unity and trust – but can they reach that goal without killing each other first?

Not sure my thought about this series.  With Justice League and Stormwatch, I’m not sure if another major team like this is needed.  The roster seems interesting enough, but I’m not totally convinced.  The concept of a UN backed team though has me interested though.

Key reads: Justice League International, Vol. 1, Justice League International, Vol. 2, Justice League International, Vol. 3, Justice League International Vol. 4, Justice League International Vol. 5. (Justice League 5), Justice League International Vol. 6

MEN OF WAR #1Writer: Ivan Brandon, Art: Tom Derenick

On the ground and on the front lines, a young, headstrong soldier known as Joe Rock assumes command of Easy Company – a team of ex-military men turned contractors. Will they survive the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DCU’s Super-Villains? Find out in this explosive new series from Ivan Brandon (Viking, DOC SAVAGE) and Tom Derenick (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!

This is the updated Sgt. Rock taking the war comic and updating it to modern times.  I’m pulling for this one to do well, mostly because I want to see a cool war comic on the shelves.

Key reads: The Sgt. Rock Archives, Vol. 1 (DC Archive Editions), The Sgt. Rock Archives, Vol. 2 (DC Archive Editions), The Sgt. Rock Archives, Vol. 3 (DC Archive Editions)

O.M.A.C. #1Writer: Dan Didio and Keith Giffen, Art: Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish

The all-seeing Brother Eye satellite has unleashed a new beast upon the DC Universe in this smashing new series! Kevin Kho has become an unwilling participant in a war between Checkmate and Brother Eye as he is transformed into the One Machine Army Corp known only as O.M.A.C.!

This is the series this week I’m most iffy about.  Keith Giffen is likely what will save it, but it reminds me of the numerous Kirby ideas that DC is grasping on to.

Key reads: Jack Kirby’s O.M.A.C., Checkmate Vol. 1: A King’s Game (DC Comics), Checkmate Vol. 2: Pawn Breaks (DC Comics), Checkmate Vol. 3: Fall of the Wall (DC Comics)

STATIC SHOCK #1Writer: Scott McDaniel and John Rozum, Art: Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion and LeBeau Underwood

The brilliant, slightly awkward high school student Virgil Hawkins transforms into the cocky electromagnetic hero Static!

A mysterious tragedy forces the Hawkins family to relocate from Dakota to New York City! Virgil embarks upon new adventures in a new high school and a new internship at S.T.A.R. Labs!

As Static, he dons a new uniform and establishes a new secret headquarters! But is he ready to take on the new villains who lurk in New York City’s underworld?

The most successful of Dwayne McDuffie’s Milestone comics, I’m cheering for the character and hope he does well.  This is a young character that has a following and has a good chance of being a new generation character that goes the distance and builds into something bigger.  I’m not holding my breath though.

Key reads: Static Shock Vol. 1: Rebirth of the Cool

STORMWATCH #1Writer: Paul Cornell, Art: Miguel Sepulveda

They are Stormwatch, a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world Directly following the ominous events of SUPERMAN #1, Adam One leads half the Stormwatch team to recover the [INFORMATION REDACTED] from deep in the Himalayas. Meanwhile, Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the Stormwatch crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo! And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds…

This series is going to be one of the bigger ones in the long run, putting together a secret group that’ll eventually lock horns with the Justice League.  It’s been hinted that the next major event will come out of whatever happens in this book, which makes it that much more important.

Key reads: StormWatch, Vol. 1: Force of Nature, Stormwatch: Team Achilles, Vol. 2, StormWatch Vol. 3: Change or Die, StormWatch Vol. 4: A Finer World, StormWatch Vol. 5: Final Orbit, The Authority Vol. 1: Relentless, The Authority Book 2: Under New Management

SWAMP THING #1Writer: Scott Snyder, Art: Yanick Paquette

One of the world’s most iconic characters has returned to the heart of the DC Universe, and every step he takes will shake the foundations of the Earth!

Alec Holland has his life back…but the Green has plans for it. A monstrous evil is rising in the desert, and it’ll take a monster of another kind to defend life as we know it!

It’s clear Swamp Thing is going to be a big deal in the new DCU.  Scott Snyder can do horror and hopefully the series keeps up a gothic horror feel to it.  If Snyder keeps it up and brings his “A” game, there’s a good chance we’ll see a modern day classic run of the series, but it’s got Alan Moore’s classic run hovering over it for comparison.

Key reads: Saga of the Swamp Thing Book One, Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 2, Saga of the Swamp Thing Book Three, Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 4, Swamp Thing Vol. 5: Earth to Earth, Swamp Thing Vol. 6: Reunion

« Older Entries