Another day, another download. I liked last week’s format so much, I’m gonna try it again.
Debuts: Two big debuts this week. At DC, we’ve got The Lightning Saga, the crossover story that brought the original(ish) Legion back into the DCU. It crosses over from Brad Meltzer’s Justice League of America 8-10, and Justice Society of America 4 and 5. This particular JLA series is new (it’s the current series, as opposed to Morrison’s initials-only JLA). It’ll be interesting to see whether DC lets these issues stand on their own, or goes to the beginning to fill in the rest of Meltzer’s run. Issues 6 and 7 of JSA are released for good measure. It’s possible last week’s release of JSA was delayed by a late realization that three issues of JLA had to be prepared in order to give readers the whole story.
At Wildstorm, Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips’ Sleeper Season One makes its debut, with three issues. This is a great series, comprising 24 issues in Seasons One and Two. It’s Donnie Brasco for the super-villain set.
Neglected: Jonah Hex and DMZ skip their second week in a row, so it appears their inexorable march was exorable after all. Victorian Undead is still missing it’s final chapter (c’mon, guys, it’s almost Halloween!) and Azure remains the longest-abandoned Zuda comic (with Bottle of Awesome, Deadly and Safe Inside taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th place). It’s no real surprise, but Swamp Thing didn’t get any follow-up issues this week; it appears he only shambled by for the crossover with Hellblazer. And still no new Batman storyline (we’ve been promised The Long Halloween; maybe they’re waiting for next week), and no solo Superman story at all.
Returns: At Zuda, Bayou is back after a 5-week disappearance, and The Night Owls returns after almost as long. Wildstorm’s Telera Chronicles videogame tie-in returns with its first issue a month after the zero issue debuted. Probably the most welcome return is Ellis & Cassaday’s Planetary, with issue 13 released two months after issue 12. This entire series is done, but maybe DC is inserting long delays to provide the full Planetary experience.
Mainstays: Fables, Sandman and Y keep chugging along at Vertigo, and Hellblazer adds two more issues to its catalog. In addition to the titles already mentioned, Wildstorm continues Ex Machina, Gears of War, Supernatural and Trick’r Treat – these last three getting close to their conclusions. At Zuda, Bayou and Night Owls are joined by the third issues of Black Cherry Bombshells and Melody. The third issue seems to be the one Zuda books get abandoned after, so we’ll soon see if these two are deemed to have legs or not.
The DCU moves Batman, Birds of Prey (2 issues), Green Arrow, Green Lantern, JLA (2 issues), Power Girl, Starman (3 issues) and Superman/Batman forward. There’s no free 10-page preview this week, but there’s a free secret origin for Black Canary.
The DC Store has plastered Sleeper all over the main banner this week, and on the buttons are Starman, Sandman and Red. DC’s got to be happy with the movie’s solid box office… let’s hope it moves some comics as well.