It’s that time again when we look at the new, exciting, and upcoming releases in the world of comics in our January 2021 Solicitations. Though these titles are listed in January they’ll come out in March. Beware the Ides of March! I hope none of you is named Caesar and you have a friend named Cassius. Or Brutus.
Infinite Frontier 0
It’s finally here. After Future State we’re going to be kicking this whole thing off with Infinite Frontier. Whatever that is.
Because I don’t really know. It’s not connected but it will be connected. Or something like that. I like to look at it as the launch of new creative teams with new creative visions. And that’s exactly what I was waiting for. I will be sad to see a lot of the tried and true creators go. Easy for me to say because I’m just a reader. But as a DC fan I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that I’m not only wanting something new, but also something that will remain consistent. I got back into comics with Rebirth and it was nice and fun, but by the end of it I didn’t really know where we were headed or why I was here in the first place.
The next phase of the DC Universe begins here! Dark Knights: Death Metal presented the darkest threats of the Multiverse. DC Future State revealed what may lie ahead. Now it’s time to look into the Infinite Frontier of the current-day DC Universe.
In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never expected. In Brazil, a young woman discovers her destiny and her connection to the Amazons. In Belle Reve, Amanda Waller plots an invasion of Arkham Asylum. In the far reaches of space, Mongul dreams of galactic domination, while the Green Lantern Corps hosts a summit of its greatest enemies. At the Hall of Justice, the League joins forces with Black Adam. Beyond the mortal world, Wonder Woman settles into a new role in the godsphere. And somewhere in the DC Universe—it’s the return of Stargirl, in an all-new tale written by Geoff Johns!
This oversized, all-star issue kicks off the next great era of storytelling and excitement as top writers and artists reveal what’s next for the World’s Greatest Heroes and opens the door to some of the greatest stories of 2021.
Superman Red & Blue
Look. I’m Batman and Joker’d out. I really am. I love Batman and I sort of love Joker. But it’s just been too much of both of them, everywhere, all the time. Comics, movies, TV, you name it. You can point to any medium that exists today and you will see something with them in it, or something at least related to them. So when I saw a new title of one of my favorite characters being announced, in the same vein as Batman Black and White, I jumped. After shouting up, up, and away once again proving to myself that I can’t fly.
It’s nice to see some non-Batman stuff out there. Plus, I feel like we can always explore more of Superman. We were on a roll with the Superman family bringing some interesting dynamics and conflicts to each other. So why stop there? We shouldn’t.
The Swamp Thing
If you think really hard about this one, it’s not surprising. In fact, you don’t really need to think hard about it at all because Ram V killed it on Justice League Dark. When DC announced that Justice League Dark would be continuing, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. But then DC revealed that actually the title itself would be cancelled and Justice League Dark would be tucked in the back of the main Justice League title, I got a tiny bit annoyed.
But then, DC quickly announced The Swamp Thing and that Ram V would be holding his reigns and my heart grew three sizes that day. I haven’t been this much of an emotional wreck since that day when the girl I thought I was going out with didn’t make eye contact with me in the hallway.
I cannot wait for this book. And lest I say this out of fear of jinxing anything, one reason we’re getting a lot of Swamp Thing is because DC, Warner Bros., AT&T or whoever is in charge of this thing is dipping their toes into the waters of a possible Swamp Thing Season Two. That must be the case. So buy this book! I beg you!
James Bond Agent of Spectre
The James Bond stuff from Dynamite has been great. And you cannot really deny that. I argue, and I don’t get a lot of pushback, that this has been the best non-Fleming stuff that’s ever been put out. From Warren Ellis to Benjamin Percy, to Andy Diggle and Jeff Parker, they all understand James Bond. It’s a perfect blend of minimalist text with explosive art. All the creators involved allowed Bond’s weirdness and kink to subtly float to the front. And to make all of us question why we like this character to begin with.
Plus we can get our Bond fix in as we wait for No Time To Die to finally arrive on Disney +’s newly announced Star.
Yes that’s right and you read it here first! Disney is going to buy the entire MGM catalogue that’s out for sale because it can. And because it will be one acquisition closer to ruling the galaxy once and for all.
As you know, good things can’t continue being good forever. They have to end. And to this end we’re saying goodbye to Mark Russell’s incredible run on Red Sonja. I have no doubt that the next creator who follows him will do good things with her. But Russell will be missed.
Bloodshot is also ending at 12, which allows me to get my Valiant entry in for the month. There’s not much being solicited, or resolicited from Valiant. But from my dedication in reading all corners of the internet and having absolutely no sources or contacts at any of these companies, I can confidently say that this will change in April. The second quarter will be all Valiant and you read it here first honest reader!
And that’s my January 2021 Solicitations! Curious on any of my other picks? Well shucks. Go ahead and head on over to my dedicated Solicitations page and bask in my in-depth knowledge and exceptional taste of everything related to comic books.