Tomorrow may be “new comic day,” but today is “new preview day” at CBR News, as we continue our slew of previews with some upcoming (December & January) titles from DC Comics, including: “Justice Society Of America,” “Batman Confidential,” “The Spirit,” “Sandman Mystery Theatre,” “Scalped,” and “Superman and Batman vs. Aliens and Predator.” Once you’re done with these previews, check out the CBR Forums to see what your fellow fans thought about them, and make sure to read up on “Scalped,” in our latest interview with author Jason Aaron.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1
Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Dale Eaglesham and Art Thibert ; Cover by Alex Ross; Variant cover by Eaglesham
Get in on the ground floor as the world’s first and greatest super-team returns to usher in the DCU’s next age of heroes and villains! Writer Geoff Johns (52, Infinite Crisis), artists Dale Eaglesham (Villains United, Green Lantern) and Art Thibert (Outsiders, Superman) and cover artist Alex Ross (Kingdom Come, Justice) band together for the debut of the greatest incarnation of the super-team that inspired all the others.
Determined to rebuild the Justice Society, founding members Green Lantern, Flash and Wildcat initiate an unprecedented recruitment program, tracking the bloodlines of heroes across the world and bringing in the new Starman, Damage, Liberty Belle and more!
But just as the Society welcomes the rookies into their ranks, an evil force sets out to destroy them. Meet new legacies, solve a mystery stretching into the far future, witness the return of the world’s greatest hero, and watch another one fall – all in the pages of this fantastic new series!
DC Universe | 48pg. | Color | $3.99 US
On Sale December 6, 2006
BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #1
Written by Andy Diggle; Art and Cover by Whilce Portacio and Richard Friend
Learn where the Dark Knight first got “all those wonderful toys” as the superstar combo of writer Andy Diggle (ADAM STRANGE) and art team Whilce Portacio and Richard Friend (WETWORKS) go back to Batman’s roots in a new monthly series! In this 6-issue tale, see exactly when Batman’s war on evil in Gotham City ramped up – and how he rose to meet the threat of Lex Luthor’s plans to move in on both Bruce Wayne’s and Batman’s turf!
Batman | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US
On Sale December 13, 2006
SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE: SLEEP OF REASON #1 (OF 5)
Written by John Ney Rieber; Art by Eric Nguyen; Cover by Tim Bradstreet
A Vertigo classic returns – with a vengeance! The fertile mind of writer John Ney Rieber (BOOKS OF MAGIC, Captain America) and the dynamic pen of artist Eric Nguyen (Strange Girl) have created a Sandman tale that both honors the classic character and will stand as a classic in its own right.
A new age of terror demands a new Sandman to quell its nightmares. This disturbing new miniseries follows the final days of Wesley Dodds and his lifelong love Dian Belmont as they encounter a harrowing fate while traveling in Afghanistan circa 1997. Ten years later, with American troops on the ground in that country, wartime photojournalist Kieran Marshall is forced to take on the mantle of Wesley’s former alter-ego, the terrifying crimefighter known as The Sandman.
A dark and relevant tale that will appeal to new readers as well as fans of the classic Vertigo series, SLEEP OF REASON questions what it means to be human when confronted with evil. Marshall is a man in search of a career-making interview with master-terrorist Masad. When he confronts Masad face-to-face, he learns to his horror that this terrorist can teach him more about himself than he ever wanted to know. Becoming the new Sandman will be the only way Kieran can save his own life – but, possibly, at the cost of his humanity.
Vertigo | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US | Mature Readers
On Sale December 13, 2006
The SPIRIT #1
Written by Darwyn Cooke; Art by Cooke and J. Bone; Cover by Cooke
Acclaimed writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) sets his sights on Will Eisner’s classic hero The Spirit in this all-new monthly series that maintains the “spirit” of Eisner’s creation while bringing a new sensibility to the character. The Spirit, a.k.a. Denny Colt, joins Commissioner Dolan and his daughter Ellen in this go-for-broke, shoot-the-lights-out crime story!
When ace television reporter Ginger Coffee is abducted by a crimelord she was about to run an exposé on, The Spirit is called in to investigate. Finding her is tough enough, but getting out alive is a whole other matter!
Don’t miss the first exciting issue, filled with action, adventure, humor and sexy girls!
DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US
On Sale December 20, 2006
Written by Jason Aaron; Art by R.M. Guéra; Cover by Jock
Introducing SCALPED, an all-new monthly series by up-and-coming writer Jason Aaron (THE OTHER SIDE) featuring the gritty art of R.M. Guéra (Heavy Metal).
Fifteen years ago, Dashiell “Dash” Bad Horse ran away from a life of abject poverty and utter hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in hopes of finding something better. Now, he’s come back home to find nothing much has changed on “The Rez” – short of a glimmering new casino, and a once-proud people overcome by drugs and organized crime. So is he back to set things right or just get a piece of the action?
Also at the center of the storm is Tribal Leader Lincoln Red Crow, a former “Red Power” activist turned burgeoning crime boss who figures that after 100 years of the Lakota being robbed and murdered by the white man, it’s now time to return the favor.
Now Dash – armed with nothing but a set of nunchucks, a hellbent-for-leather attitude and (at least) one dark secret – must survive a world of gambling, gunfights, G-men, Dawg Soldierz, massacres, meth labs, trashy sex, fry bread, Indian pride, Thunder Beings, the rugged beauty of the Badlands…and even a brutal scalping or two.
For a dose of Sopranos-style organized crime drama mixed with current Native American culture, look no further than SCALPED!
Vertigo | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US
On Sale January 3, 2007
SUPERMAN AND BATMAN VS. ALIENS AND PREDATORS #1 (OF 2)
Written by Mark Schultz; Art and cover by Ariel Olivetti
It’s the battle you’ve been waiting for in a thrilling 2-issue miniseries by Mark Schultz (Cadillacs and Dinosaurs) with computer-generated painted art by Ariel Olivetti (SPACE GHOST)!
They’re back! The relentless killing machines known as Aliens and the unstoppable race of hunters called Predators have returned to Earth. But saying “they’re back” isn’t quite accurate – Batman discovers that the two races, sealed away from the human population, have been here all along! Can he and Superman get them off our world before they threaten the planet’s existence?
Co-published with Dark Horse Comics.
Superman | 48pg. | Color | Prestige | $5.99 US
On Sale January 10, 2007