Not too many surprises or debuts this week – though we’ve got a new direction for one series, and Vertigo finally expands its line, and there’s been a little reorganization as to how DC’s offerings are presented, as well.
First off, it might be interesting to do a breakdown of books by imprint. It seems counterintuitive to me, but Wildstorm is releasing as many books as the DCU is, with 8 apiece – and that’s including DC’s two-page Atom origin. Vertigo releases 5 books this week, and Zuda, 4.
Zuda keeps on issuing debuts – this week it’s Zerocalcare’s Safe Inside,
an anti-authority narrative framed in a post-zombie world. Deadly, Bottle of Awesome,
also get extensions – though, interestingly enough, not High Moon. Will we see Zuda’s two longest-running titles alternate weeks for the foreseeable future?
Wildstorm is all about building its current titles, adding one each to its core four, plus Planetary, Ex Machina, X-Files
and Supernatural. Supernatural: Origins
has a special left to be released; we’ll see if it shows up next week.
Vertigo, it seems, is finally expanding, with its sixth title being (drumroll, please) Y: The Last Man.
Vertigo offers issue 1 for free, plus issue 2 once you’re in a payin’ mood. The big V also releases new issues of DMZ, Fables,
I can’t help wondering when The Unwritten
is coming back (at least to complete the first story), and The Losers,
of course, is long lost at this point.
The DCU doesn’t offer any expansions this week. We’ve got All-Star Superman, Batman, Green Lantern,
newcomer JLA, Jonah Hex,
the day-and-date Justice League: Generation Lost, Superman/Batman
and the origins all getting a new installment (as mentioned above, this week’s 2-page origin is the Atom, Ray Palmer). One thing of interest: Having completed both the "Secret Origins" and "Sinestro Corps War" storylines, DC has decided to go back to the beginning of the current Green Lantern
series, offering issue 1. I guess that makes more sense than filling in the gap between the two extant storylines with “The Alpha Lanterns,” as I understand that was largely buildup for GL participation in Final Crisis.
While the DCU store hasn’ t updated to the current week’s offerings yet, there’s been a reorganization of DC’s product through the publishers buttons. Wildstorm, Zuda and Vertigo all maintain their separate offerings under their own umbrella, but the DC button now leads to all of DC’s product, in the DCU as well as the other imprints. It’s getting to be pretty sizable, though I’d like to see a DCU-specific button available, too. (I’d also like them to fix the alphabetizing error that puts titles that begin with “The” all under T.)
Another change in organization I’d like to see are some storyline-specific buttons. For example, under Batman, I’d like to see, in addition to the individual issues, buttons for "Year One," "Hush," "Batman & Son" and more. Easy enough, since they’re all one title. But what makes buttons like this really important is for things like "The Sinestro Corps War," which is nearly impossible to follow as things stand. Readers should start in The Sinestro Corps Special,
then move on to various issues of Green Lantern
and Green Lantern Corps
in a difficult-to-follow order (they almost alternate, but not quite). A button that could lead to a chronological layout of the whole story could be a tremendous help. And it certainly won’t be the last time this problem crops up.