Monday, September 19, 2011

Classics return and new ones begin this Wednesday, September 21

Even though DC is right in the middle of their successful relaunch, they have not forgotten their history. As the 30th anniversary of the New Teen Titans approaches, DC celebrates with the release of the New Teen Titans: Games HC by Marv Wolfman and George Perez! This amazing story, never told before now, promises to be a event that new and old fans alike will not want to miss. Set in the 1980s, Wolfman and Perez bring back the fan favorite characters from their original run to take part in a deadly game in which they are the pieces and New York City is the game board. This long lost story is a great compliment piece to the new relaunch books out this month.

At long last, the X-Men return to Marvel's Ultimate line this week in Ultimate Comics X-Men #1, written by Nick Spencer with art by Paco Medina. The truth behind the x-gene has been made public and thus ends one of the biggest government cover-ups, but the truth doesn't always solve the problem. After the shocking revelation, mutants suffer a crisis of identity, and the divide between man and x-man grows wider. However, one question still remains: who is this new group of X-Men and what can they do in this time of need? You won't want to miss the debut of this series. Fans also have X-Men Schism #4 by Jason Aaron and Alan Davis to look forward to this week.

IDW continues the adventures of the Starship Enterprise's crew from J.J. Abrams' hit 2009 Star Trek film in the new ongoing Star Trek #1, written by Mike Johnson with art by Stephen Molnar. Roberto Orci, Star Trek's (2009) writer and producer, is also on board offering creative collaboration. The new series re-imagines the classic stories from the original series in the alternate film time-line while also introducing never before seen enemies and allies to Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the crew. The well known "Where No Man Has Gone Before" is first to receive this new envisioning. What better way to spend time until 2012's anticipate movie sequel than checking out these all new tales.

The DCU's relaunched Bat-family continues to grow this week with the release of several highly-anticipated titles. First up, Batman #1, by fan-favorite writer Scott Snyder and artists Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion, marks the start of a new era for The Dark Knight! Gotham City proves to be deadlier than Batman ever expected as a series of killings leads the Detective to an ancient conspiracy! Meanwhile, Dick Grayson returns in Nightwing #1 by Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows, and JP Mayer. Dick embraces his destiny as Nightwing while a life he left long ago comes back into town: Haley's Circus! Once Dick's home, the circus now brings with it murder, mystery, and evil! The once boy wonder turned villain Jason Todd has put his life as the Red Hood behind him only to be recruited by Green Arrow's rejected sidekick Arsenal and the alien Starfire to lead their outlaw team in Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort. Speaking of outlaws, the cat is back in Catwoman #1 by Judd Winick and Guillem March. Selina Kyle is addicted to Batman, danger, and shiny, expensive things, and she just can't help herself! Why would she want to? Winick explores what really makes Catwoman tick in his new series. As if Gotham City didn't have enough heroes, Birds of Prey #1, by mystery novelist Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz, introduces the covert-ops team of Black Canary and Starling as they track down the villains other heroes can't touch!

This week isn't all Bat-books! Written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson and art by Mahmund Asrar, Supergirl #1 introduces the world to girl with the unpredictable nature of a teenager and all of the powers of Superman! However, Supergirl has none of the Man of Steel's affection for Earth. Supergirl may have god-like powers, but Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang introduce us to the real thing in Wonder Woman #1! To the gods, humans' lives are playthings, but one woman chooses to protect humanity from these strange and powerful forces! Another god among men is born in J. T. Krull and Freddie Williams' Captain Atom #1! He is a hero without limits, charged with nuclear energy and possessing vast molecular powers, but can he stop from loosing himself? God's aren't the only out of this world threats to humanity! In Blue Beetle #1 by Tony Bedard and Ig Guara, Jaime Reyes is just a teen in high school who happens to be linked to a powerful scarab created by the Reach, an alien race seeking to annihilate any planet they come across, but it is his job to make sure this power is used as a force for good. While these heroes have their own books, there are many that may not get the spotlight they deserve, or the didn't until DC Universe Presents #1! This series plans to spotlight some of DC's most exciting heroes. In the first five-issue story, Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang bring us the body-hopping hero Deadman, straight from Brightest Day!

This week also sees the release of two new DCU team oriented books sure to please fans! Right on the heels of last weeks Green Lantern #1 comes Green Lantern Corps #1 by Peter J. Tomasi and artists Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna! Hal Jordon has lost his powers and Sinestro is busy trying to get rid of his ring, so who will be there when dangerous conflicts erupt across the universe? Well, the Green Lantern Corps of course! Guy Gardner, John Stewart, and an elite Green Lantern strike force aim to keep the peace in a universe short in supply. The Legion is no stranger to conflict, and Legion of Super Heroes #1, by Paul Levitz and Francis Poertela, finds them decimated by one of the worst disasters in its history! The students of the academy help the team rebuild as an unimaginable power rises on the edges of Dominator space!

These books, and many more, will be available as soon as we open the doors on Wednesday, so come on by! (And if you want to get an idea what else you can expect, check out the covers below!)

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