DC’s solicitations for February 2010 are up at CBR and elsewhere. Key Flash items include Blackest Night: The Flash #3 and the hardcover of Flash: Rebirth (scheduled for April).
Blackest Night: The Flash #3
It’s a case of the chicken-or-the-egg as Barry Allen takes on the Black Lantern Reverse-Flash and seeks answers to the very nature of Professor Zoom’s impending resurrection. Plus, the Rogues witness an act so horrifying that it changes one of their own forever.
This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Scott Kolins), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Francis Manapul).
More Blackest Night
On sale February 24 • 7 of 8 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert
Variant cover by Rodolfo Migliari
Sketch variant cover by Ivan Reis
As Nekron continues to wage war on life throughout the universe, Hal Jordan discovers the grim, true mission behind the villain’s return. But the truth is so cosmically abysmal that it threatens to expose a secret that could tear the very universe asunder. You can’t miss this stunning, penultimate issue to the year’s biggest event!
This issue will ship with three covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Rodolfo Migliari). For every 100 copies of the Standard Edition, retailers may order one copy of the Sketch Variant Edition (with a cover by Ivan Reis).
Blackest Night: JSA #3
The bloodthirsty combat in Manhattan reaches its stunning conclusion here! Earth-2 Superman returns to prove that the true legacy of the Justice Society of America is death. Can our heroes rise up to defeat their dead mentors, role models and villains? And can even the third- smartest man in the world, Mr. Terrific, devise a way to destroy them – or will Manhattan and the world perish under Nekron’s might?
This issue will ship with two covers. For every 25 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Eddy Barrows & Nei Ruffino), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Gene Ha).
Team books and more after the cut:
Team Books and More
Justice Society of America #36
The discovery of exactly who was behind the recent attacks on Obsidian and other members of the Justice Society puts the team on the trail of a true Axis of Evil! This means war!
Justice Society of America Annual #1
Reflecting developments in both MAGOG and JSA ALL-STARS this month, Magog finds himself the odd man out during a massive escape from Haven – and his own team thinks he’s somehow responsible for the prison break! Turns out, Magog may have exposed one of the DC Universe’s biggest cover-ups! Featuring 56 pages of thrilling JSA adventure from writers Keith Giffen and Matthew Sturges and artist Tom Derenick.
Justice League: Cry for Justice #7
This is the big one! After the catastrophes seen in issues #5 and #6, a hero loses control, leading to an unexpected ending that will fundamentally change the lives of the World’s Greatest Heroes forever. This issue launches a major storyline in the DC Universe and is not to be missed!
DC fans won’t want to miss this finale of the two-part “Fractured” story! As the remaining three members of the team are evicted from their New York City headquarters by General Lane, they wonder if there’s anywhere on Earth they can still call home. The answer will surprise you! This issue closes this chapter in the life of the classic Titans team and ushers in an exciting new era in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and March’s TITANS ANNUAL that’ll blow your mind!
Note: I have no idea whether Wally West is still in this book or not.
Tiny Titans #25
Special guest co-writer Geoff Johns comes to TINY TITANS, and he’s bringing Superboy along with him! And Superboy’s bringing his bizarro brother Match! And Match… well, Match always brings mischief wherever he goes. Join us for an extra-super issue jam-packed with colored rings and awesome things!
Super Friends #24
It’s a super-science conference like none other when all the Mad Scientists gather together on Oolong Island to share their latest inventions — and to plot against the Super Friends!
Upcoming Collections (March and Later)
The Brave and the Bold: Demons and Dragons TP
On sale March 31 • 168 pg, FC, $17.99 US
Written by Mark Waid & Alan Brennart
Art by Scott Kolins and others
Cover by Scott Kolins
A new paperback collecting THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #13-16, along with tales from THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Vol. 1) #181, THE FLASH (Vol. 2) #107 and IMPULSE #17!
Notes: This starts out with the Jay Garrick/Batman team-up where they go up against the Samuroids. The additional stories include a Flash/Captain Marvel team-up and an Impulse/Zatanna team-up, both written by Mark Waid.
DC Comics Classics Library: The Justice League of America by George Perez Vol.2 HC
The second half of the 1980s JLA stories illustrated by George Pérez is collected from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #193-197 and 200. Also includes select covers by Pérez!
The Flash: Rebirth HC
Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver, the writer/artist team behind the blockbuster GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH and THE SINESTRO CORPS WAR, create an explosive, jaw-dropping epic that reintroduces Barry Allen as The Flash in this hardcover collecting the fast-paced 6-issue miniseries. But how will this greatest of all Flashes find his place in the twenty-first century?
JLA Deluxe Edition Vol. 3 HC
The JLA’s very first foe, Starro the Conqueror, returns in this new Deluxe hardcover collecting JLA #22-26, 28-31 and 1,000,000.
Justice League International Vol. 4 TP
This new volume collects JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #23-25 and JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #26-30 as the team deals with a captured Thanagarian spacecraft and more.
The Last Days of Animal Man TP
By the year 2024 Buddy’s own hometown of San Diego has struggled for years to recover from a cataclysmic typhoon. And now he must face the most vicious foe he’s seen in years — while his own powers start to fade. Collecting the 6-issue miniseries.
Wednesday Comics HC
Advance-solicited • On sale MAY 26 • 200 pg, 11″x17.5″, $49.99 US
This is it! The oversized, hardcover collection of DC’s 2009 weekly comics sensation that USA Today called “cool, classic-looking.” Featuring composite cover art, the WEDNESDAY COMICS HC includes:
- ADAM STRANGE written and illustrated by Paul Pope
- BATMAN written by Brian Azzarello with art by Eduardo Risso including additional panel art on each page!
- METAMORPHO written by Neil Gaiman with art by Michael Allred
- DEADMAN written by Dave Bullock and Vinton Heuck with art by Dave Bullock
- THE DEMON AND CATWOMAN written by Walter Simonson with art by Brian Stelfreeze
- THE FLASH written by Karl Kerschl and Brenden Fletcher with art by Karl Kerschl
- GREEN LANTERN written by Kurt Busiek with art by Joe Quinones
- HAWKMAN written and illustrated by Kyle Baker
- KAMANDI written by Dave Gibbons with art by Ryan Sook
- THE METAL MEN written by Dan DiDio with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez & Kevin Nowlan
- SGT. ROCK written by Adam Kubert with art by Joe Kubert
- SUPERGIRL written by Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Amanda Conner
- SUPERMAN written by John Arcudi with art by Lee Bermejo
- TEEN TITANS written by Eddie Berganza with art by Sean Galloway
- WONDER WOMAN written and illustrated by Ben Caldwell
Plus: Don’t miss previously unpublished pages — one starring The Creeper (written by Keith Giffen with art by Eric Canete) and one starring Plastic Man (written by Evan Dorkin with art by Stephen DeStefano)! And, as if that weren’t enough, this can’t-miss collection also includes a bonus sketchbook section and intro by series editor Mark Chiarello!
Previously Announced for February
Tiny Titans: Sidekickin’ It TP
As the end of the school year approaches, the gang plans a birthday party for Robin. Plus, Supergirl and Kid Flash have a race around the world and Zatara mixes up her magic words, unleashing a furry fury of fun. Collects TINY TITANS #13-18.
On sale February 3 · 144 pg, FC, $12.99 US
All-Star Superman Vol.2 TP
The New York Times bestseller from the team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely (BATMAN & ROBIN) is now in trade paperback!
In this follow-up to the award-winning ALL-STAR SUPERMAN VOL. 1, the Man of Steel goes toe-to-toe with Bizarro, his imperfect duplicate, and the new Zibaro, also from the Bizarro planet. Plus, more exciting adventures that take Superman across the universe and back in these tales from ALL-STAR SUPERMAN #7-12.
On sale February 10 · 160 pg, FC, $12.99 US
Note: During the Bizarro story, Superman meets Bizarro-Flash.
DC Universe: Origins TP
Collecting the origins of over fifty characters from Animal Man to Zatanna, including Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker and many more, from DC’s hit weekly series 52 and COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS as well as several first seen online, featuring the work of some of comics’ top talents!
On sale February 17 · 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
Notes: Interesting to have Flash right there at the front, since neither 52 nor Countdown told any of their origins! Though if I’m not mistaken, this is reused from some other piece.
Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance TP
Japan’s Super Young Team just wants to be seen as heroes by their adoring public in this title collecting the 6-issue miniseries. Unfortunately, their part in FINAL CRISIS went unnoticed, and they’ve been reduced to performing at public appearances and on TV. Now, intense media scrutiny and a deadly threat complicates the motives of the team.
On sale February 17 · 144 pg, FC, $17.99 US
Notes: The Super Young Team has its own speedster, Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash.