Let’s change things up a little this week, seeing as how DC’s various imprints seem to be getting more fluid. There are some trends and events across the board that might be better looked at regardless of imprint.

Debuts: There are a few significant debuts this week, each one coming out of the gate strong. In the DCU, there’s The Kingdom, which puts both issues of the Kingdom Come sequel and all five tie-in specials out, all at the same time. All at once, no waiting. James Robinson & Tony Harris’s Starman, on the other hand, gets four issues released—issues 0 through 3—presumably to give readers a final chapter next week. (Robinson’s a writer DC has an interest in promoting now, so releasing what’s probably his best material is a no-brainer.) Starman gets the free origin story, too, but since Jack Knight was out of the picture when these shorts were being produced, the origin is of Mikaal Thomas. For Justice!

Meanwhile, over at Vertigo, Hellblazer debuts with its first nine issues – plus two issues of the Veitch-era Swamp Thing that tie in with Hellblazer 9. Hellblazer could release an issue a week for five years, and still not be finished with its run, so I’d expect this one to become a mainstay. (Interestingly enough, Swamp Thing currently isn’t listed among the Vertigo properties; both its issues and this Hellblazer run precede Vertigo as an imprint, but JC is on the page with Unwritten and The Sandman, but Alec Holland hasn’t yet tracked mud on the Vertigo floor. This could be an oversight, or could be a signal of exactly where the lines are drawn in characters DC is reclaiming.

There are no Wildstorm debuts, but Zuda introduces Road, Eddie Sharam’s story of generations of pilgrims walking to find the end of a seemingly infinite road. Zuda provides a traditional free taste (briefly priced at $1.99 until corrected).

Neglected: A few books surprisingly didn’t get new releases this week. Mainstays Jonah Hex and DMZ both were skipped; we’ll see if this becomes a trend. I have to say, I was a little perplexed and delighted by a world where Jonah Hex had more than half as many issues released as Batman, and significantly more than Superman. What a world! Justice Society also gets snubbed this week, after its multi-issue showing last week.

Robin, Nightwing and Detective Comics don’t get continuations this week, but since they were released as part of the Resurrection of Ra’s storyline, it would have been more surprising if they’d had been continued. I’d expected a new Batman storyline to debut, but nothing doing, aside from the free 10-page preview of this week’s Knight & Squire.

At Wildstorm, Victorian Undead continues its pause before the conclusion, and Welcome to Tranquility takes a break after its first storyline.

Mainstays: Wildstorm had its smallest week ever, with only four titles; Ex Machina, Gears of War, Supernatural and Trick’r Treat, which it turns out wasn’t a one-shot after all! The cover of issue 2 says it’ll be four issues, but I can’t find it at the GCD. In any event, there should be five more Gears of War, two more Trick’r Treat, and three more Supernatural… so Wildstorm needs some new regulars, ASAP.

Zuda continues last week’s Black Cherry Bombshells and Melody, as well as High Moon, finally pulling ahead in its neck-and-neck race with Bayou. Vertigo concludes volume 2 of American Splendor (it looks like there might be two more specials it can release), and adds another issue to Fables, Sandman and Y. The DCU drops another issue of Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, JL: Generation Lost, last week’s newbie Power Girl and Superman/Batman, as well as two issues each of Birds of Prey, JLA and Wonder Woman.

Coming Soon: The New York Comic Con was this weekend, and there were a few hints dropped about upcoming books. Things promised but not released today include Sleeper (for next week, apparently), The Lightning Saga, Batman: The Long Halloween (good choice!), more Green Lantern Corps and, for the PSP, Ratchet & Clank. I also talked with Jake from Comixology, and while he didn’t give any other titles away, he also noted that when DC has a media event (like Wonder Woman’s new costume, or Red, or the Green Lantern movie) they use digital releases as part of the promotion. So I wouldn’t be too surprised to see some Young Justice books on the digital shelves when promotion for that cartoon starts gearing up.

One other thing Jake mentioned: If there’s a flow problem in the Guided View aspect, please let them know, and they’ll fix it. What’s more, the books you buy are automatically updated with the fixes, so if Guided View takes you to panel one to panel four, but you bring it to their attention, Comixology will fix it, and will automatically update your existing digital copy.

The DC Store features Hellblazer as the banner, and Red, Knight & Squire and JLA as the buttons on the side.

Rob

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Comment by Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) on October 18, 2010 at 1:04pm
James Robinson & Tony Harris’s Starman, on the other hand, gets four issues released—issues 0 through 3—presumably to give readers a final chapter next week. (Robinson’s a writer DC has an interest in promoting now, so releasing what’s probably his best material is a no-brainer.)

Called it!


Although, Rob did say it was no brainer so:

Comment by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) on October 18, 2010 at 2:14pm
That's right, you did! I should have mentioned that -- and you've obviously got more brains than me!
Comment by Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) on October 18, 2010 at 3:10pm
I was the proverbial blind squirrel on that one.
Comment by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) on October 18, 2010 at 5:59pm
We're all blind squirrels on this, man. It's early days yet, and people are still feeling around in the dark, trying to piece together an elephant. I talked to a guy from Comixology, and he hasn't been able to make a whole lot of sense of DC's rollout strategy yet, either. Everyone's learning as they go.

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