By HubrisRanger 21 Comments
1. Batman Inc.: I could comment on how much of a shake-up this should provide to the other Bat-books, or how they have done a poor job of acknowledging the whole Batman Inc idea to begin with, but then I keep going back to Grant Morrison's pitch for the series.
"It's like Kramer vs. Kramer, but they've got thermonuclear capability."
2. Dial H: The unknown variable of this group of announcements, as far as I am concerned. The art and general press copy of the book seems to suggest that they are taking the title in a slightly darker, Vertigo-friendly direction ala Animal man and Swamp Thing. Add the China Miéville factor, a writer who I only know by reputation only and without really any significant comic accolades to his name, and I'm quite baffled as to what to expect from this book. Still, I'm intrigued.
3. Earth 2: James Robinson is such an uneven writer, that it is hard to really know what to expect from this book. But I do love alternate reality stuff, and it would hopefully be able to exist within a bubble and not be too concerned with anything else, as well as having free reign other books would be denied. Plus Nicola Scott is a wonderfully fun artist, and it will probably have pretty strong ties to the book I am MOST looking forward to on this list (see later).
4. GI Combat: A little confused why Men of War got canceled and this got greenlit, but it might be that the War That Time Forgot was too fanciful for that book's rather rough-edged tone. Still, this is a JT Krul book, and thus will likely be pretty shit. Nice sounding back-ups though, which basically guanatees it will be a $4 title. Expect to see in the next round of cancellations
5. The Ravagers: Oh Howard Mackie. If DC comics couldn't get any more 90stastic, this surely is the tipping point where it really becomes apparent that Bob Harras hasn't updated his rolodex in a while. Still, curious to see who the cast on this book is going to be (probably a mixture of new and old, ala Teen Titans); if this is where Raven finally shows up, might be tempted into buying it. Also, Ian Churchill's recent work has been so smile-inducing, it might make up for the mothballed dialogue.
6. Worlds' Finest: A team-up book of Power Girl and Huntress, written by Paul Levitz and drawn in alternating arcs (IE, so the art gets in on time) by two incredible artists. This is a home run, and by far the stand out from this list for me. May can't get here fast enough so that I can read this book.