It’s that time again where we look at the new, exciting upcoming releases in the world of comics in our September 2020 Solicitations. Though these titles are listed in September, they’ll come out in November. Such is the mad mad world of comics.
Hawkman 29 – DC Comics
And here we are. Issue 29, the final issue. I love this series. When I got back into comics in late 2016, I quickly identified Robert Vendetti as one of my favorite writers. Everything he writes is just so solid and well structured. I didn’t know much, if anything about Hawkman, and Vendetti made me a fan. Hawkman was the first series I put on my pull-list blind and I’m incredibly thankful that I did it. It’s been an incredible series of books from start to finish. From Bryan Hitch, Will Conrad to Patrick Olliffe and Fernando Pasarin the art has been consistently good. And the level of detail has also been incredibly impressive. Just seeing those battles come to life with hundreds of Hawkmen and women in multiple splash pages has been amazing to read. And the surprise guest stars? Man oh man this was a complete treat.
And it’s even more impressive when you take a step back, and see it in the context of the New Age of Superheroes that flopped big time. If you take an incredible writer like Vendetti and pair him with incredible artists, you get incredible storytelling. Especially with a lesser known character that didn’t have any real current tie-ins to other media. It can be done DC Comics and I hope you learned your lesson. But sadly I don’t think you did.
Is there still hope to save this series? Probably not. But by golly we’re not going down without a fight. So sign the damn petition to save this thing before it’s too late (it is).
The Other History of the DC Universe – DC Comics
Wow I put this one on my pull-list way back in 2018. It was cancelled and now it’s coming out as a Black Label production. I don’t mind it took this long because this is a very important book, especially as we are currently living through one of the most important movements in my generation; Black Lives Matter. The Other History of the DC Universe is a bi-monthly series and there’s five of them. Luckily for me Black Lightning is one of my favorite DC characters so I don’t have to wait very long to get to him. It’s going to be an incredible read and will be something different in the DC Universe. Here’s the description taken directly from DC Connect #4.
“Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Let It Fall) examines the mythology of the DC Universe in this compelling new miniseries that reframes iconic moments of DC history and charts a previously unexplored sociopolitical thread as seen through the prism of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups. This unique new series presents its story as prose by Ridley married with beautifully realized illustrations by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Cucchi.
Issue #1 follows the story of Jefferson Pierce, the man who will one day become Black Lightning, as he makes his way from being a young track star to a teacher and, ultimately, to his role as a hero. Future issues focus on characters like Karen and Mal Duncan, Tatsu Yamashiro, and Renee Montoya. Extensively researched and masterfully executed, The Other History of the DC Universe promises to be an experience unlike any other. You may think you know the history of the DC Universe…but the truth is far more complex. The Other History of the DC Universe isn’t about saving the world—it’s about having the strength to simply be who you are.”
Eternals – Marvel Comics
No hold on Marvel. If you think I’m going to commit to a new, ongoing series that will not even make it past five issues then you have another thing…
Wait what was that? An Eternals series?
I forgive you. Let’s be together again. Here’s the synopsis.
NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS.
What’s the point of an eternal battle?
For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we’d be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares.
But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they – or anyone on Earth – survive their discovery?
From the thought provoking minds of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men, Thor) and Esad Ribi? (Secret Wars, King Thor) comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!
Mighty Morphin – BOOM! Studios
I have a weak spot for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Who doesn’t? It makes good material. It’s a team, full of kids finding themselves, facing big space monsters who come and try to invade Earth. So I’m buyin’ this one…
Power Rangers – BOOM! Studios
…and this one. Because BOOM! Studios knows what we need. And they know we’ll buy it twice. Who wouldn’t want two Power Rangers books a month?
Oh noble Valiant, where art thou?
Valiant was one of the first companies that gave a ‘pencils down’ order. So titles are starting to be released again. But that begs the question. Where are the following titles?
Visitor #5 – COME ON! ONE MORE ISSUE!
Shadowman – WHERE ARE YOU?
Final Witness has been pushed back to 2021 and XO-Manowar’s second issue is finally coming out at the end of November. But damn if I don’t miss my monthly Valiant.